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

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.