Plants growing in a turf, light to dark green and somewhat glaucous throughout, seldom to commonly branching. Stem to 2.5 cm in length, in transverse section rounded-pentagonal or triangular, central strand present, sclerodermis absent or weakly developed, hyalodermis rarely differentiated; axillary hairs up to 16 cells in length, the basal cell occasionally brown; red tomentum sometimes present; heterotrichous, persistent protonema occasionally present, with green, much branched, aerial chloronemata and green to red-brown caulonemata. Leaves about equal-sized to near base, spreading-incurved from the insertion and subtubulose, weakly twisted to crisped or catenulate when dry, widely spreading when moist, oblong- to linear-lanceolate, to 3.2 mm in length; margins plane to weakly incurved, entire or sometimes deeply dentate, occasionally bistratose in patches; apex narrowly acute; base not or weakly differentiated in shape to short-ovate; costa percurrent and ending in an apiculus to stoutly excurrent as a short mucro, ventral superficial cells quadrate to short-rectangular, papillose, 4–6 cells across costa at midleaf, costa in transverse section circular or ovate, ventrally commonly bulging, with two stereid bands, both usually strong, the dorsal crescent-shaped, two or more guide cells in one layer, a ventral and sometimes a dorsal epidermis present, hydroid strand absent; upper laminal cells subquadrate to hexagonal or elliptical, ca. 10–14 µm in width, 1:1, somewhat bulliform, walls evenly thickened or occasionally trigonous or irregularly thickened, lumens angular or rounded; papillae usually massive, simple, bifid or multifid, usually centered over the lumens, (1–)2–4(–6) salients per lumen; basal cells differentiated in a small group across the leaf base, smooth, rectangular, yellowish to hyaline. Dioicous. Perichaetia terminal, leaves abruptly sheathing below, otherwise little different from cauline leaves, somewhat larger or smaller. Perigonia terminal, gemmate. Seta ca. 4–8 mm in length, reddish to yellowish brown, twisted clockwise above; theca ellipsoidal to short-cylindrical, brown, ca. 1.0–1.5 mm in length, stomates phaneropore, at base of theca, annulus not vesiculose to strongly so but of persistent cells; peristome absent or present but eroded (or possibly rudimentary), consisting of a basal membrane 20–25 µm in height, papillose, retaining the extreme basal portions of one or two narrow papillose teeth. Operculum long-rostrate, ca. 1 mm in length, cells in straight rows. Calyptra not seen. Spores ca. 8–13 µm in diameter, essentially smooth. Laminal KOH color reaction yellow.