A scandent or creeping fern with long, furry rhizomes with short, oblong fronds spaced and even intervals. The fertile fronds are more elongate and bear the rows of reddish sorri or spores that give the genus its name. Native to the islands of the South Pacific it is oft confused with eleagnifolia and in fact may be the same, but as it stands now, eleagnifolia is restricted to New Zealand. Epiphytic on trees and occasionally as a saxicole on rocks in sheltered areas. In all fairness, we should mention that we are going with the name of the plant as we acquired it, so cannot vouch for its technical accuracy.