Distichium B.S.G., Bryol. Eur. 2: 153. 1846.
Plants slender, elongate, densely tufted; stems erect, unbranched or forked. Leaves distichous, abruptly narrowed to a rough, spreading, linear subula from an oblong, erect, sheathing base; costa single, strong, filling the subula; cells subquadrate to subrectangular above, linear below; alar cells undifferentiated. Autoicous; perigonia axillary. Setae erect elongate; capsules exserted; annuli large, compound; opercula conic; stomata phaneroporic; peristome of 16 teeth. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth.