Plants 60-100 cm tall. Rhizome erect, densely clothed with ovate-lanceolate, brown scales. Fronds caespitose; stipe brown or stramineous at base, 20-30 cm, densely clothed with ovate, entire, glossy, brown scales, these usually appressed but lanceolate and spreading upward; lamina lanceolate, 40-70 × 15-20 cm, once pinnate, base slightly narrowed, apex acuminate; pinnae 18-30 pairs, remote (lower ones 3-4 cm apart), lanceolate, 10-13 × 1.5-2.5 cm, base truncate, shortly stalked, apex acuminate or caudate-acuminate; apex of segments with 1 or 2 beak-shaped teeth. Lamina herbaceous or papery, both surfaces glabrous; rachis and costa clothed with lanceolate or linear, brown scales abaxially; veins pinnate, 3 or 4 pairs on each segment, not forked, slightly grooved adaxially, distinctly raised abaxially. Sori 2 or 3 pairs on each segment, abaxial on veins, nearer to costa than to margin; indusia orbicular-reniform, membranous, entire, readily deciduous at maturity.