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Genus :

DIEFFENBACHIA

Family :

ARACEAE

Species of this Genus

Description


Perennial herbs. Stems erect or decumbent, with milky sap. Leaves numerous, crowned, oblong-ovate, elliptic-oblanceolate, cuneate-subcordate at base, petiole sheathing. Inflorescence spadix, 1-2 to several. Peduncles short. Spathe  slightly constricted, tube convolute, limb expanded. Spadix shorter than spathe. Female zone adnate to spathe. Flowers unisexual, perigone absent. Staminate flowers with 4-5 stamens, connate into synandrium. Sterile male flowers flattened. Pistillate flowers lax, ovary subglobose to ovoid, 1-3 locular, ovule 1 per locule, stigma massive. Fruit a berry, 1-3 seeded. Seed globose to ovoid.