Dieffenbachia seguine Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
dumb cane dumbplant mother-in-law-plant

Dieffenbachia seguine, also known as dumbcane, is a species of Dieffenbachia native to the tropical Americas —from Southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern South America and Brazil. It is also native to several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico. The herbaceous perennial grows 3 to 10 feet in height and 2 to 3 feet in width. 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. Dieffenbachia seguine is cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate shade gardens and as a potted house plant. Cultivars emphasize different patterns of variegation.

Dieffenbachia seguine

Medical use

Economic importance of Dieffenbachia seguine

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mexico
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Dominica; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Bolivia - Pando, Santa Cruz; Colombia; Ecuador - Napo

Biological activities

Emetic
Calcium-oxalate found in Plant
Inflammatory
Calcium-oxalate found in Plant
Laxative
Calcium-oxalate found in Plant
Lithogenic
Calcium-oxalate found in Plant
Proteolytic
Dumbcain found in Plant

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Calcium-oxalate Plant
Dumbcain Plant
L-asparagine Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]