Dieffenbachia seguine

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Genus: Dieffenbachia
Species: D. seguine
Binomial name
Dieffenbachia seguine
(Jacq.) Schott

Dieffenbachia maculata
Dieffenbachia picta

Dieffenbachia seguine, also known as dumbcane,[1] is a species of Dieffenbachia native to the tropical Americas —from Southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern South America and Brazil.[1] It is also native to several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico.[1]


The herbaceous perennial grows 3 feet (0.91 m) to 10 feet (3.0 m) in height and 2 feet (0.61 m) to 3 feet (0.91 m) in width.[2] The plant's leaves are large and green, and often with variegated white patterns. Like other Dieffenbachias, the sap is toxic. It has showy white flowers.[2]


Dieffenbachia seguine is cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate shade gardens and as a potted house plant.[2] Cultivars emphasize different patterns of variegation.

Dieffenbachia seguine grown as a house plant.

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  1. ^ a b c "Dieffenbachia seguine". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Missouri Botanic Garden . accessed 10.20.2011

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