Chinese Evergreen
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Chinese Evergreen
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Chinese Evergreen, Golden Evergreen, Philippine Evergreen, Poison Dart Plant
Botanical name: Aglaonema commutatum    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Aglaonema marantifolium var. commutatum

Chinese Evergreen is aa perennial herb, commonly grown as a houseplant. This tropical shrub grows to 1.5 feet, is erect and bushy, and resembles Dumb Cane. The tendency to have only 5-8 main lateral veins distinguishes it from Dumb Cane. It has elliptic, dark green, leaves that reach 4-8 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Attractive silver-gray blotches appear on upright stems. It blooms rarely as a houseplant in the late summer or early fall with a white spadix and greenish-white spathe. Red clusters of berries follow the blooms. Chinese Evergreen is native to the Philippines and Sulawesi.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Kollam, Kerala.

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