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

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.