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