Terrestrial, epiphytic or rock-dwelling ferns. Rhizome short and erect or very shortly creeping, covered with latticed scales (with raised, dark, thickened cell walls). Fronds firm, not articulated at rhizome; stipe grooved, base covered in scales. Lamina simple, once pinnate or further divided; veins free. Sori along minor veins, linear-oblong, with indusium attached along veinlet and opening towards centre of leaflet, or without indusium; spores bilateral.
7 genera widespread around the world, with 2 genera in Australia and Victoria. REFERENCES: Brownsey (1977, 1983), Given (1972), Jermy et al. (1978).