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