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

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.