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dumb cane


[So called because its leaves contain a substance that swells the throat when eaten.]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Dieffenbachia, commonly known as dumb cane, is a tropical ornamental house plant in the Araceae family and the Arum class (Figure 1).
The Dieffenbachia plant, or dumb cane in layman terms, is common among Philippine households.
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.
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.
HOUSEHOLD PLANTS Poisonous pot plants include azalea, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), lillies, mistletoe and philodendron.
Dieffenbachia (spotted dumb cane), Philodendron (elephant ear), Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) and Zantedechia (arum lily)
Other potentially harmful plants include the Glory Lily, Foxglove, and the Dumb cane. Also on the ones-towatch list are Morning Glory, Fremontodendron, Woody Nightshade and the Giant hogweed.
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 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.
House plants such as dieffenbachia (dumb cane) should be avoided as these are poisonous for rabbits.
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.