Scrambling, long creeping fern, or high climbing epiphyte with base rooted to the ground, fronds widely spaced, horizontal to pendulous with drooping pinnae.
Asia-Tropical: India present, Pacific: Samoa (Samoa present); Tonga (Tonga present), Southeast Asia present, northeast Australia present
India, throughout southeast Asia; in Malesia: Throughout; northeast Australia, and eastwards to Tonga and Samoa.
The juvenile leaves of this species are deep reddish. In some areas (Manus, Sepik, Upper Fly, Milne Bay etc.) these young fronds are harvested and cooked as a vegetable. See also note under S. milnei.