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