Although the genus Pellaea has about 80 species, this is the only one grown in Europe. It is native to the woodlands of New Zealand. The simply pinnateare about 20-30 cm (8-12 inch) long, with alternate, nearly orbicular, leathery, dark green, very short-stalked leaflets. The axis of the is conspicuously hairy. The sori grow on the margins of the leaflets and are coloured brown.
When grown indoors, it tolerates direct sun in summer. In winter, it does well at normal room temperature, but will tolerate a temperature of 8°-15°C (46°-59°F). It is sensitive to an excessively humid atmosphere. Feed from spring to summer. Propagate by means of spores.