Dieffenbachia seguine (dumbcane, leopard lily). Other varieties: Dteffenbachia amoena (Dieffenbachia), Diefftnbachia picta (dumbcane), Dieffenbachia arvida Exotica. A member of the plant family ARACEAE.
Popular variegated houseplants with whorls of large oval green leaves with white or yellow markings or a marbling effect.


[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs and cats, domestic pets.


[etiology.gif] Etiology
Biting into or mastication of the leaves or stem, whether or not ingested, causes marked symptoms. Plant sap in contact with the eye causes pronounced irritation.


[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Plant material contains crystals of calcium oxalate arranged in raphides or druses. The irritant action is aggravated by a proteolytic enzyme, dumbarine. Toxic dose not known.


[clinical.gif] Clinical features

Specific problems in cats

Specific problems in dogs


[lesions.gif] Lesions


[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidote. Symptomatic care where indicated.

Following contact

Following ingestion

Where indicated