Tent. Pterid. 86 (1836) APNI
Rhizome densely covered by dark brown scales. Fronds arched, up to 1 m long. Stipe densely covered in very large chestnut-brown scales. Lamina narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, once pinnate, leathery, shining, often scaly. Pinnae up to 15 pairs, stalked, curved, upper pinnae ovate, lower pinnae oblong, all acuminate, margins irregularly toothed, lobed on one side at base. Sori spread across undersurface of pinnae.
Naturalised in WA, SA, Qld, ACT. Native to Japan and commonly cultivated. A specimen was collected in 1959 from an apparently naturalised occurrence at the base of Mt Buffalo, near Eurobin Falls in north-east Victoria. It has not been recorded from the wild in Victoria since.
In its native habitat, this species has entire or distally entire pinnae, while naturalized populations, derived from cultivated forms, can have more extensively toothed pinnae.