The name derives from that German botanist J.F. Dieffenbach and the genus has about 20 species from tropical America. Dieffenbachias are very popular and hardy shade-loving plants commonly grown in pots for indoor decoration and also in shade and semi-shade in gardens of warm humid regions. It has the common name ‘dumb cane’ because of the poisonous nature of its sap which causes intense pain and swelling of the tongue, if it is taken internally. The leaves of this fleshy plant are oval-oblong, gradually tapering towards the apex, arising from the central stem and spotted, stripped or speckled with white or yellow, 15-40cm or so in length. A large number of varieties have developed as sports from Dieffenbachia maculata.
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COMMON NAME: DUMB CANE.
BOTANICAL NAME: DIEFFENBACHIA MACULATA.
Fairly large, hardy plant. Leaves glossy green, oval with cordate base, blotched or marbled with white and pale green.