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