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