In Panama this plant is very popular in offices and homes alike. It is interesting to point out that some people will look at the leaves closely in an effort to find numbers which can be purchased at the Panama National Lottery. Some will say that they have won considerable amounts of money betting on the numbers found on the leaves.
In view of the above, the plant is referred to as “the lottery plant” or the “millonaria plant”. It’s beyond belief what some people will do to make a fast buck. The fact of the matter is that the scientific name of the plant is Dieffenbachia amoena which will grow up to six feet tall, and are known for their wide, bushy leaves.
The Dumb Cane plant (another of its popular names) is a strong little species that will thrive in any light conditions other than direct sunlight. Its easy to care for style and resilience to neglect make it a wonderful house plant.
Each plant features leaves which are yellow or white near their vein, abruptly turning a dark green toward the edge of the leaf. This transition is random, even within the same leaf, creating ribbons and spots of yellowish white and green along the leaf’s body.
Don’t be fooled by its innocent look. This plant is poisonous, and should not be permitted near children or pets (cats & dogs). The sap of the plant is acrid, and, when ingested, will numb the throat and vocal cords, rendering the victim mute for up to two weeks until the poison wears off. The sap is highly irritating to the skin, and any interactions with the plant which result in sap exposure should be washed thoroughly.
We were fully unaware of the its poisonous characteristic. To play it safe, we are planning to remove it from our garden to avoid any possible harm to The Twisters when they visit us. You all know how young children are—everything goes to their mouth.