dumb cane


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dumb cane


[So called because its leaves contain a substance that swells the throat when eaten.]

dumb′ cane`


n.
a West Indian foliage plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, having yellow-blotched leaves that cause temporary speechlessness when chewed.
[1690–1700]
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Noun1.dumb cane - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leavesdumb cane - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
Dieffenbachia, genus Dieffenbachia - evergreen perennial herbs of tropical America with lush foliage and poisonous sap; often cultivated as houseplants
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Flowers and plants that can kill dogs include: Agapanthus, azalea (in large amounts), cyclamen, delphinium, dumb cane (dieffenbachia), foxglove, lantana, larkspur, mistletoe, oleander, rhododendron and sago palms.
Other potentially harmful plants include the Glory Lily, Foxglove, and the Dumb cane.
All parts of the plant are poisonous * DUMB CANE (Dieffenbachia) This large-leaved houseplant is poisonous, while the sap can cause skin and eye irritation.
Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia) - This houseplant is poisonous, while the sap can cause skin and eye irritation.
Scientists at NASA, no less, researched this field and came up with a list that also includes dumb cane, dragon tree, English ivy, Pothos, peace lily, umbrella plant, spider plant, tree philodendron, weeping fig and white butterfly to improve air quality.
Some widely found toxic plants include oleander, golden dew drops, desert rose, elephant's ear and dumb cane, she said, noting that their effects range from nausea, vomiting and burning of the skin to serious conditions like difficulty in breathing and lung failure.