Caladium bicolor (Aiton) Vent.

Mother-in-Law Plant

Herb to more than 50 cm tall with tubers roundish. Leaves ovate to elliptic, peltate, to 30 cm or more long and 15-25 cm wide; stalks variegated. Spathes to 10 cm long, the tube green outside, whitish-green inside, blade whitish; spring to autumn. Spadix with male zone 3-6 cm long. [c._hortulanum Birdsey]

An important indoor plant with numerous variegated cultivars (some with leaves virtually white) that has become naturalised in the tropics where it is known for its irritant sap.


Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Araceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Alismatales
family       Araceae
genus        Caladium Vent.