Common name: Dumb Cane
Botanical name: Dieffenbachia amoena Family: Araceae (arum family)
Dieffenbachias are easy houseplants that tolerate a wide range of conditions.
The name Dumb Cane reflects the fact that the acrid sap will burn the mouth
and numb the throat to the extent that it may even paralyze the vocal cords.
Some people may get a skin rash from the plant’s sap. This plant can
be toxic if eaten. Plants may reach up to 6 feet (1.5 m) tall bearing dark
green leaves with irregular zones of creamy white along the primary lateral
veins. Leaves will reach 20 inches (47 cm) long by about half as wide.
Petioles are 12 inches (30 cm) long and winged along about half of their
length. They make a tough and durable houseplant that will withstand low light
conditions. Plants may flower at any time of the year if conditions are
favorable. Their "flowers", rather
inflorscences are spadices, erect, often white, housed within boat-shaped
green spathes. The spadix carries the actual numerous flowers.
Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh