Terrestrial, usually less than 50 cm tall. Leaves2-pinnate; petioles shiny and atropurpureous; rachis similar butusually covered with two types of scales-small, fine, ±appressed scales and longer, subulate-filiform scales; leafletsasymmetrical, mostly 1-3 cm long, acute at base, the lateralleaflets ± oblong or sometimes broader at the base with apexusually rounded and the proximal edge nearly paralleling therachis, the lower surface usually glaucous and usually bearingnumerous to few simple trichomes and sometimes filiform scales;sterile leaflets finely and evenly serrate. Sori interrupted alonginner, upper, and outer margins, frequently fertile at apex.Croat 8553.
Occasional, along trails in the forest.
Belize to Peru, Brazil, and French Guiana;Trinidad. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest on theAtlantic slope of the Canal Zone and in San Blas, and frompremontane wet forest in Panama (Lago Cerro Azul).