Araceae (Arum) Family
Plant is an upright perennial; 10 to 20 inches tall. Its preferred habitat is fresh marshes, cypress bogs, and sandy banks along streams. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are broadly triangular in shape with sharp points at each lobe, prominent veins. The flower scape (stem) is shorter than the leaves.
The flower is a spadix surrounded by a yellow spathe that shelters the spadix. Flowers are irregular in shape. Female flowers are at the base of the club-like spadix. Male flowers are at the top. There are no sepals and no petals. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a berry.
These aquatic plants are especially common in large colonies along shallow streams and back water sloughs. The genus name derives from the Greek pelte (small shield) and aner (stamen), referring to the shield-like contour of the stamens. The common name is derived from the pronounced leaf shape.