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

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.