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

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.