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

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.