Erect, small to medium-sized, terrestrial ferns, often growing among rocks. Rhizome short- to long-creeping, solenostelic, or more often compact with crowded fronds and dictyostelic, densely clothed in entire, dark, basally attached scales with scariose margins. Fronds long-stipitate, the stipe and rachis dark and polished, often densely scaly, with a single "V"- or "U"-shaped vascular strand, the lamina pinnate or more compound, the leaflets uniform, shortly articulate-stalked, broad and entire, subcoriaceous, glabrous or less commonly hairy or scaly, the veins immersed and indistinct, free and forked, or rarely anastomosing. Sporange in submarginal sori, terminal on swollen vein ends, at first close and +/- discrete, becoming confluent, exindusiate, the edge of the lamina continuously +/- recurved over the sporangia (a pseudoindusiual), paraphyses usually lacking, annulus longitudinal, interrupted of 14-20 thickened cells, with a wide distinct stomium. Spores trilete, globose, either spiny, verrucose, reticulate-spiny or smooth.
Species in Papuasia
|A single species in Papuasia||P. zippelii|
(doubtfully distinct from the Australian P. falcata)