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