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

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.