Fiddleleaf is a perennial herb with smooth stems (sometimes
hairy). Its preferred habitat is around and in shallow water,
swamps, marshes, ditches, streams, and lakes. Distribution is
throughout the coastal areas of the Escambia region. Four species
are found in this area, the above, H. corymbosa, H.
ovata, and H. uniflora.
The leaves are in an axillary cyme, elliptic to lance-like
that measure several inches long, short leaf-stalks. Often the
succulent stems are armed with conspicuous spines. The upper
side is green with a prominent mid-vein with numerous side veins