The leaves are circular (6-12 inches wide) with a deep notch that extends almost to the stem.
Develops from slender black and fibrous roots anchored into the substrate. A mucous or jelly-like substance coats all parts of the submersed portions of the plant. The stems and underside of the elliptical leaves are purple, while the upper portions of the leaves are green. The leaves can grow up to 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.