Rhizome about 3 mm thick; scales spreading, whitish brown with the margin and tip pale and the centre brown. Fronds more or less ovate in outline, divided up to 4 times. Blade deciduous, mostly less than 20 cm long. Ultimate segments mostly with a single tooth, veins not reaching the margin. Indusia mostly single on ultimate segments. Generally grown as var. stenolepis Hayata.
Can grow in cool areas.
Taiwan, Ryukyu, Korea, China.
Rhizome about 3 mm wide with pale brown scales; frond blades deciduous, mostly less than 20 cm long; upper stalk scales mostly ovate, long-pointed.
D. bullata is said to differ from this species in having a broader rhizome with scales that are pale edged from base to tip, not darkened towards the tip. However, these two species are doubtfully distinct and are here considered together.
Source: (1995). Davalliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.