Leptobryum (Bruch & Schimp. in B.S.G.) Wils., Bryol. Brit. 219.1855.
Bryum subg. Leptobryum Bruch & Schimp. in B.S.G., Bryol. Eur. 4: 1. 1851.
Plants small, slender, pale green, in erect, dense or loose, laxly foliate tufts. Tubers often present on rhizoids. Lower leaves erect‑spreading from insertion, lanceolate; upper leaves abruptly larger and strongly clasping, flexuose when dry, long‑subulate to setaceous from a broad, oblong base, not decurrent; apices acuminate; margins plane, entire below, serrulate above; cells smooth, long‑rectangular below, long‑linear above; costa strong, filling most of the subula, subpercurrent to excurrent. Setae terminal, elongate, flexuose. Capsules pyriform, pendent, neck long and narrow; stomata superficial; opercula conic, mammillate; annuli revoluble; peristome double, exostome teeth 16, lanceolate, papillose, yellow to brown, endostome hyaline, lightly papillose, basal membrane well‑developed, segments keeled and perforate, cilia 1–3, appendiculate, rudimentary or absent. Spores spherical, lightly papillose. Calyptrae cucullate, naked.