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