Basionym: Polypodium chenopus Christ, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 52(Mém. 1): 20. 1905; Phymatopteris chenopus (Christ) S. G. Lu.
Rhizome 4-5 mm in diam., densely scaly throughout; scales dark brown or nearly black, gradually or abruptly narrowed upward, ca. 10 mm, broad at peltate base, margin setaceous from middle to apex. Fronds monomorphic. Stipe straw-colored, 10-15 cm, glabrous; lamina palmately 4-6-lobed, 10-20 × 10-15 cm, base cuneate or cordate, margin entire and slightly revolute. Lobes linear, central lobe longer than lateral lobes, 10-20 × 1-2 cm, apices acute or obtuse. Costa distinct, lateral veins and veinlets obscure. Lamina herbaceous, both surfaces glabrous, abaxial surface glaucous, adaxial surface green. Sori orbicular, medial or slightly close to margin.
Epiphytic on tree trunks or on rocks; 1800-3400 m. Yunnan (Dêqên, Gongshan, Lijiang).