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