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Dieffenbachia seguine


 (dē′fən-bä′kē-ə, -băk′ē-ə)
Any of several plants of the genus Dieffenbachia native to tropical America, having stout, jointed stems and large, variegated leaves and widely cultivated as an indoor plant. Also called dumb cane.

[New Latin, genus name, after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-1855), German naturalist.]


(Plants) any plant of the tropical American evergreen perennial genus Dieffenbachia, some species of which are grown as pot plants for their handsome variegated foliage. The plants are poisonous and the sap is extremely acrid: family Araceae
[named after Ernst Dieffenbach (died 1855), German horticulturist]


(ˌdi fənˈbæk i ə, -ˈbɑ ki ə)

n., pl. -bach•i•as.
any tropical American plant of the genus Dieffenbachia, of the arum family, often cultivated as houseplants for their decorative foliage.
[< New Latin (1829), after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811–55), German naturalist; see -ia]
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Noun1.dieffenbachia - evergreen perennial herbs of tropical America with lush foliage and poisonous sapDieffenbachia - evergreen perennial herbs of tropical America with lush foliage and poisonous sap; often cultivated as houseplants
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Araceae, arum family, family Araceae - anthurium; calla lily; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron
Dieffenbachia sequine, dumb cane, mother-in-law plant, mother-in-law's tongue - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name
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HOUSEHOLD PLANTS Poisonous pot plants include azalea, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), lillies, mistletoe and philodendron.
The other species, Psydrothrips luteolus Nakahara & Tsuda, is known only from Hawaii and Florida infesting the young leaves of unrelated Araceae plants such as dieffenbachia, Epipremnum, syngonium and spathiphyllum (Edwards 1995; Nakahara & Tsuda 1995; Moritz et al.
Indoor plants like crotons, Dieffenbachia, money plant, rubber plant etc help create green spaces within the four walls of your house with their extensive foliage.
Some of the more well-known members are taro, Anthurium, Dieffenbachia, Caladium, skunk cabbage, and Philodendron.
Dieffenbachia (spotted dumb cane), Philodendron (elephant ear), Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) and Zantedechia (arum lily)
The dieffenbachia, holiday cacti, peace lilies, creeping figs and hundreds of other plants that tolerate indoor conditions will benefit greatly from a change in their environment.
House plants such as dieffenbachia (dumb cane) should be avoided as these are poisonous for rabbits.
Houseplants are common household hazards for pets, including Cycad (Sago Palm), philodendron, dieffenbachia and lilies, which are extremely poisonous for cats.
BOLD floor displays of leafy plants such as bromeliads, dumb cane or Dieffenbachia, spider plants, trailing fig ivy and ferns will give a distinctly tropical air to the decor.
The nest was embedded between the topmost leaves of a Dieffenbachia sp.
He said 20 containers of Azalia, Benjamina, Dieffenbachia Amoena and other ornamental plants have been exported from Tonekabon.
Differential importance of beetle species pollinating Dieffenbachia longispatha (Araceae).