Herbs and Plants names in Yoruba and other languages.



There are many traditions lost to civilization. So, in this light, many of our plants and herbs' names that 

we have in our backyard, are lost to the English language, what more, botanical's.

It's now becoming a common knowledge that all these herbs, plants and spices that we'd so much ignored 

and underrated, are so crucial and important to our good and healthy living. So, if you are like me, you 

have or want to incorporate these herbs into your daily life, hence, trying to get your hands on them by 

spending a lot of money. And like me also, you wonder if the plant you just spent huge money to buy is 

the one you see growing fine in your backyard. 

Well, you need not to worry, what am I here for, if not to bring you that knowledge? There are plants, herbs

and spices that I have spent huge money buying, only to realise it's just right at my arm's length. so, I 

decided to put this out here for people like me. Before you go spending that money to buy herbs, check 

below for the names in your language and see if it's right in your backyard. Watch out for more.

Add yours in the comment section. 

Names for Spices 

  • Basil plant – Nchanwu in Igbo, Efinrin in Yoruba

  • Fenugreek – ewedu in yoruba, hulba in Hausa

  • Hibiscus plant – Zobo

  • Tamarind – tsamia

  • Tumeric –  ata Ile pupa in Yoruba

  • Cayenne – Bawa

  • Chilli – Shombo in Yoruba

  • Black pepper – iyere in Yoruba, Oziza in igbo

  • Thorny pigweed/prickly amaranth – tete eleegun in yoruba

  • alternanthera nodiflora – Dagunro

  • Butryospermum paradoxum – Shea tree – Ori

  • Allium sativum -Garlic – Ayu in yoruba

  • Capsicum frutescens – Tabasco pepper – Ata-wewe

  • Lactuca capensis – Lettuce – Yanrin

  • Bryophyllum pinnatum – Air Plant, Life Plant, Miracle Leaf or Goethe Plant – Abamoda

  • Zingiber officinale – Ginger – Jinja, Atale in yoruba

  • Dioscorea dumetorum – Sweet Yam- Esuru

  • Enantia chloranta – Awopa

  • Khaya grandifoliola, K. senegalensis, K. ivorensis – Oganwo

  • Sphenocentrum jollyanum – Akerejupon

  • Olax subscorpioidea – Ifan, Ifon

  • Tetrapleura tetraptera – Aidan, Aridan

  • Lecaniodiscus cupanioides – Akika

  • Lippia multiflora – Efirin-gogoro, Efirin-oko

  • Jatropha curcas – Botuje, Lapalapa

  • Jatropha gossypifolia – cotton-leaf physicnut- Botuje pupa

  • Jatropha multifida – coral plant, physic nut or Guatemala rhubarb – Ogege

  • Cymbopogon citratus – lemon grass- Kooko-oba

  • Pterocarpus erinaceus – Apepo, Agbelosun

  • Pterocarpus osun – Osun

  • Pterocarpus santalinioides – Gbengbe

  • Catharanthus roseus -Madagascar rosy periwinkle – Apabida pupa

  • Carica papaya – Papaya – Ibepe

  • Dioclea scandens – Dasa

  • Dioclea reflexa – Agbarin, Epe, Arin



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