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