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Facultad de Ciencias - Instituto de Ciencias Naturales
Common Names of Plants in Colombia
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Cenefa
mangle
azuceno
pacó
garcero
tango
guásimo
sauce playero
lecho
carácter del hombre
macondo
loto
copa de oro
yaco
gurrubo
cresta de gallo
rabo de zorro
marañón
patillita
bototo
cedro
barrigona
cincollagas
sueldaconsuelda
granadilla de monte
batatilla
piña
mabaco
taruya
frutilla
cortapicos
palma de cera
capuchina
verbena negra
velacho
canastilla
brillalasonce
melena
corona de Cristo
gusanito
ortiga
gaque
ortiga
cacao
dalia
mangle piñuelo
botoncillo
floral
huella de tigre
carbonero
frailejón
uva
tote
nolocrea
arrayán guayabo
gurguru
venturosa
bonche
acedera
bombona
altramuz
campanitas
clemón
ahuyama
guacamayo
coquito
matricaria
coralito
helecho marranero
cucharo
chitató
holly
huevo de varraco
chontaduro
araucaria
uva de playa
barbasco
aroma
borlita
gallito
clavellino
bastón del emperador
olivo macho
cardosanto
pacó amarillo
papayo
tabaco
purichingo
guaba
helecho pategallina
ortiga
liberal
totiadera
pasto bufel
teresita
cabuya
sanjoaquín
árnica
burriadá
yuca
suela
pacunga
abejín
sueldaconsuelda
uña de gato
francesina
haba
rabo de alacrán
cabecinegro
albarico
coralillo
badea
paja rosada
bejuco ortiga
cañeja
cholupa
mano de oso
arizá
helecho cola de pez
pensamientos
mermelada
cardita
mangleRhizophora mangle

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.