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

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.