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

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.