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

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.