Rhizome ca. 3 mm in diam., with whitish bloom, scaly; scales black, lanceolate, margin whitish ciliate, apex acuminate. Fronds remote or close. Stipe light brown, 2-4 cm, slender, glabrous; lamina pinnatisect, 5-10 × 5-7 cm, base rounded or broadly cuneate, margin densely sharply serrulate, cartilaginous, usually purple or reddish. Lateral lobes 2 or 3 pairs, curving toward apex of lamina, 2-4 × 0.5-1 cm, base decurrent, apex acuminate or caudate. Lateral veins distinct, ending before margin, veinlets obscure. Lamina herbaceous, both surfaces glabrous. Sori orbicular, medial.
Epiphytic on tree trunks or on rocks; ca. 3200 m. Yunnan.