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

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.