Dieffenbachia amoena

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Dieffenbachia amoena - Bloedel Floral Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park - Vancouver, Canada - DSC07483.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Dieffenbachieae
Genus: Dieffenbachia
Species: D. amoena
Binomial name
Dieffenbachia amoena

Dieffenbachia amoena (dumbcane) is a monocot which is commonly cultivated as a houseplant, for its decorative leaves. It is a very popular and hardy shade-loving plant. Its leaves are large, oblong, and cream or light yellow with deep green spots and stripes in bands along the veins and border. Like any other Dieffenbachia its sap is poisonous.

Dieffenbachia amoena can be propagated by tip and nodal cuttings. It can attain a height of 6 feet in favourable condition. It likes high humidity and a draft-free atmosphere. It should not be placed in front of an air-conditioner unit or fan. After watering its leaf becomes straight and brittle. So if transportation is required, stop watering for a few days, to prevent the leaves from breaking.