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Facultad de Ciencias - Instituto de Ciencias Naturales
Common Names of Plants in Colombia
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lecho
cardita
bastón del emperador
frutilla
sueldaconsuelda
macondo
francesina
frailejón
bejuco ortiga
batatilla
olivo macho
carácter del hombre
guacamayo
cabecinegro
aroma
albarico
copa de oro
mangle piñuelo
nolocrea
mabaco
cacao
huella de tigre
brillalasonce
patillita
gallito
chontaduro
sanjoaquín
coralito
haba
gusanito
cortapicos
sauce playero
marañón
ortiga
arizá
palma de cera
gurrubo
huevo de varraco
teresita
mermelada
árnica
holly
barrigona
guaba
araucaria
cardosanto
badea
mangle
cholupa
clemón
yuca
acedera
bombona
uva
uva de playa
cucharo
bonche
ortiga
sueldaconsuelda
abejín
cañeja
coquito
dalia
melena
papayo
uña de gato
tabaco
rabo de alacrán
cincollagas
rabo de zorro
tango
verbena negra
ahuyama
pacó
gaque
burriadá
garcero
mano de oso
cresta de gallo
altramuz
venturosa
arrayán guayabo
campanitas
taruya
corona de Cristo
botoncillo
gurguru
yaco
pacó amarillo
chitató
coralillo
granadilla de monte
clavellino
loto
matricaria
helecho cola de pez
purichingo
carbonero
helecho marranero
helecho pategallina
velacho
pasto bufel
capuchina
cabuya
paja rosada
pacunga
borlita
pensamientos
canastilla
suela
floral
cedro
tote
totiadera
ortiga
guásimo
liberal
azuceno
piña
bototo
barbasco
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This work brings together more than 18,000 common names used in Spanish to designate plants in Colombia, as well as some names in the Creole English of the Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Old Providence. It does not include names in the 64 Amerindian languages spoken in Colombia, as the appropriate documentation of those names requires detailed linguistic studies, and the use of specific writing systems, which in most cases are not yet standardized. On the other hand, available documentation on plant naming in many Amerindian groups is still scarce. Producing works similar to this one for aboriginal languages is a major task that should be undertaken as soon as possible.

This work is based on extensive field work, on abundant bibliographic references, and on herbarium specimens. It brings together the largest collection of Colombian plant common names ever documented.

All names recorded for each species are presented, providing information about the name’s origin, when known, and the regions where it is applied. For those species having several names, we have chosen one that is intended to serve as a national reference for the species. It is under that reference name that the description of the plant and its photographs are shown. These reference names are expected to facilitate the spread of plant knowledge across the country, while showing the diversity of names each species has.