Plants ca. 40 cm tall. Rhizome widely creeping, scaly; scales brownish, subulate. Fronds caespitose; stipe dark brown, 15-20 cm × ca. 3 mm, slightly glossy with brownish and lanceolate scales and setae; lamina ovate-lanceolate, 20-25 × 8-9 cm, once pinnate, base not or slightly narrowed, apex acuminate; pinnae 10 or 11 pairs, oblique, falcate, 3-5 × ca. 1 cm, margin incised-dentate above, entire and slightly auriculate at base, apex acute; pinna stalks ca. 2 mm, basal pinnae sometimes shorter than others and slightly retroflexed. Lamina thinly to thickly papery, subglabrous on both surfaces; rachis clothed with linear, dark brown or brownish black, nodose, broad-based scales; veins pinnate, inconspicuous on both surfaces. Sori in 1 row on both sides of costa, indusiate but indusia small and falling off earlier, with rounded, stalked, peltate paraphyses.