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 (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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The Dieffenbachia plant, or dumb cane in layman terms, is common among Philippine households.
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It is thought the frog lives and breeds in much drier habitats than similar frogs, and it lays its eggs in tropical flowering Dieffenbachia (dumb cane) plants and in holes in trees.
2004) en el que se pueden diferenciar tres estratos de vegetacion (herbaceo, arbustivo y arboreo), y dominancia de especies nativas de las familias Rubiaceae, Melastomataceae, Arecaceae, Piperaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae y Clusiaceae (Rangel-Ch & Rivera-Diaz, 2004) como Pentaclethra macroloba, Psychotria longicuspis, Psychotria poeppigiana, Tococa guianensis, Palicourea seemannii, Anthurium aureum, Anthurium lancea, Cyclodium trianae, Ossaea bracteata, Ossaea spicata, Leandra chaetodon, Dieffenbachia plowmanii, Cyathea brunnescens y Dicranopygium cuatrecasanum (Valois-Cuesta, 2016).
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These covered the genera Pteris (Adiantaceae) Asplenium (Aspleniaceae) Aglaonema Alocasia Caladium Dieffenbachia Monstera and Philodendron (Araceae) Schefflera (Araliaceae) Oxalis (Oxalidaceae) and Licuala Kentia Livistona (Arecaceae).