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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Different Types of Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane) - Names & Images

This is my collection of Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane) which I had managed to cultivate and grow. Strangely as it may seemed - I find some of the varieties are easier than others and some are stubbornly difficult and easily succumb to pest attack and easily rot away.

I had find many had slightly confused with Agloanema species which is closely related with particular species. As for one, I would consider if it is Agloanema - there will be more red coloration on its foliage and colors included on the stem too.

Dieffenbachia however is very much grows tall and leggy, also bigger and hardy in comparison to Agloanema. Also factor is that the base dominant color is green with (white to cream tones) the difference of splashes, streaks and dots that makes the unique difference in the patterns which is somehow difficult to put in a uniform factor as each foliage is uniquely different from each other.

One thing that I seek to identify and class them according to my understanding:
The colors - some are just 2 tones and some are more than 3 tones.
I for one find that those are in 2 colored tone catagories seemed to be very stable in their appearance and also hardy.

The ones that have the shaded appearance like fades and watercolored paint wash - seemed to be more sensitive and may easily damaged and does succumb to rot.

The other factor is the hybridization and it's variety.
Technically speaking (or what I had discovered is that)  Dieffenbachia seguine and Dieffenbachia maculata have similar characteristics and often crossed breed until they are most likely are of the same species.

D. maculata have unique characteristics where the leaves are more oblong shaped, sharply pointed and have fragile features in comparison to D.seguine which may be hardy and cane like.
However the D.amoena may too fall into the D.seguine category.

Here are the list Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane)
Do click on their names to get to the link to get into more detailed information
on each plant types and their characteristics.

Click on the link above for detailed information on Care & Cultivation for this plant.

These are the most common and hardy dieffenbachia often pruned and easily available even planted along roadsides and common park areas. 

These 3 types have very similar behavior characteristics except for the cream marking on the foliage.
(top to below) can be considered very common types which may not be sold in nurseries anymore as they are no longer considered popular.

This one is fairly common but may not easily available in comparison to the top three above.
However - these are still considered popular due to the overall light green colors on the foliage.

I had found this one pruned and thrown away along the roadside years ago. (2009) I had not seen this grown anywhere though and even seen nurseries so far. 

This was passed to be my friend and also easily able in some nurseries. These do grow big and have large foliage formation and may require space for them to grow to this size.

I believe this is a recent new cultivar introduced recently in the plant market. It has a large broad foliage with tall stem stability growth and may require space to grow to this large size.

I believe these are the commonly available ones sold in nurseries now. These do hold some level of popularity due to the complex coloration and texture, though some appear to be fragile and sensitive.
(picture below)

Do feel free to go through and see if there is any discrepancies and if you are very sure of it's ID, do let me know as I can correct/update them. Also do share what other types of dieffenbachia that you cultivate and your experience pertaining it.


#TeamWinAnyway said...

Heather SC, USA
Omgeeezzz….I seriously need your Puerto Rico variegated? & Mosaic varieties! That Mayan Jade is pretty phenomenal as well. Need a plant pal….{like pen pal, ya know, but no pens just plants 😉🙃} to live in that region w that level of access to aroids, & any other plants!, & to be able to grow outside year round would be my heaven on Earth. Can’t talk my hubby into giving up & leaving his comfy easy life just so I can have more plants that can get bigger 😵‍💫😔🤷🏽‍♀️😬

James David said...

Hello Heather,
Thank you so much for your comments and the interest in my garden plants - wished you were nearby as I may have easily sold these to you. Hopefully you find them and cultivate them in your garden. Cheers.

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