Rhizome long-creeping, coarse. Fronds relatively closely arranged along rhizome, large. Stipe long, shallowly grooved, more or less hairy. Lamina finely divided; rachises with wide shallow groove. Sori small, globular, terminal on veins, in marginal, 2-lipped structure; spores tetrahedral.
5 species, found in the Philippines, Java, Samoa and Australia; 2 in Australia, 1 in Victoria. Calochlaena is sometimes included in the Dennstaedtiaceae (e.g. Duncan & Isaac 1986; as Culcita).