Rhizome erect, set with dark brown rhizome scales. Pinnae with margins evenly and shallowly crenate-serrate, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate. Sori extending from near costa two-thirds to margin, up to 15 mm long.
Perennial with erect rhizome. Fronds to 65 cm, arching, stipe initially densely scaled, lamina oblong-lanceolate, 1-pinnate, proliferous on rachis near apex, pinnae to 13 cm long, ovate-lanceolate, serrate, sparsely scaled beneath. Sori linear, indusium entire.
Rhizome erect, up to 30 mm in diameter, set with dark brown, nitid, lanceolate, attenuate, irregularly fimbriate rhizome-scales c. 7-9 mm long with reddish margins. Fronds tufted, carnose-coriaceous when fresh, gemmiferous; stipe matt greyish green, densely scaly at first with fimbriate narrow scales; lamina oblong-lanceolate, up to 720 x 260 mm, pinnate; pinnae in up to 12 pairs, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, margin minutely and regularly shallowly serrate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface set with occasional minute hair-like scales. Sori extending from near costa two thirds to margin, up to 15 mm long; indusium membranous, entire, c. 1 mm broad.
Forest floors and on humus-covered boulders in deep shade.