Hymenostylium Brid., Bryol. Univ. 2: 81. 1827.
Plants small, medium-sized, or robust, yellow-green to green above, reddish brown below, glossy, sometimes glaucous, in tufts or cushions. Stems erect, sclerodermis present, central strand absent, sparsely and irregularly branched; rhizoids moderately developed below. Leaves ligulate, lanceolate, or linear-lanceolate, keeled, erect at base, appressed-incurved above when dry, erect-spreading, spreading to squarrose when wet; apices acute to rounded; lamina unistratose; margins entire, at times serrulate the apex, plane to broadly recurved along 1 or both sides; costa mostly stoutly excurrent and mucronate, sometimes percurrent or subpercurrent, guide cells and two stereid bands present, ventral surface layer not enlarged; upper cells subquadrate, oblate, to short rectangular, firm-walled, often porose, pluripapillose, papillae low, simple, granular, not obscuring the cell lumen, centered or scattered, basal cells enlarged, rectangular, firm-walled, porose, hyaline, smooth, alar cells not differentiated. Perichaetia and perigonia terminal, perichaetial leaves weakly differentiated. Setae elongate, smooth. Capsules ovoid to short-rectangular, occasionally systylius; stomata in neck; opercula erect-rostrate; annuli weakly vesiculose; peristome absent. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores weakly papillose.