Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Terrestrial perennials up to 15 cm, from 10 or fewer yellow to brown roots 0.5-1.5 mm in diameter at 1 cm from base. 8-26 mm.
Trophophore blade dull green and leathery, ovate-oblong to deltate-oblong, 1-pinnate, up to 4.5 cm long and 2 cm broad, stalk 8-26 mm; trophophore pinnae in up to 5 pairs, slightly ascending, space between 1st and 2nd pinnae equal to or less than the spaces between 2nd and 3rd pairs, basal pinna pair approximately same size and cutting as adjacent pair, ovate-rhombic to spatulate, lobed to apex, margin entire to unevenly lobed, apex rounded to acute, venation pinnate; sporophores 1-3-pinnate, 2-4 times the length of the trophophore.
Sporangium nearly completely exposed, borne in 2 rows on pinnate sporophore branches; spore surfaces wrinkled and somewhat warty.