Habit as in Cibotium barometz in general but fronds not quite as large. Pinnules on basiscopic side of lower pinnae usually lacking; pinnules on larger pinnae 12-15 cm × 12-16 mm. Sori usually 1 or 2 at base of lower pairs of pinnule segments. Spores without an equatorial flange.
In Taiwan, Cibotium cumingii is more widespread than C. barometz.