Plants green above, light-brown below, irregularly branched, up to 40 mm high. Stems matted with red-brown radicles below, rounded-pentagonal in section, showing a distinct hyaloderm and central strand weak or none. Leaves incurved-contorted or spiraled when dry, wide-spreading when moist, 5-7 mm long, long-lanceolate to linear-subulate, acute or abruptly rounded, sharply apiculate, flat or slightly concave; margins often fractured; costa covered on the ventral surface nearly to the apex by quadrate, papillose cells, on the dorsal surface by long, smooth cells; upper cells 8-12 µm, 1(-2):1, weakly convex, bearing 4-6 bifid papillae on both surfaces (crowded and occasionally fused); basal cells 8-20 µm wide, 3-10:1. Dioicous. Setae 15-30 mm long; capsules 2-3.5 mm long; operculum 1.5-2.5 mm long; peristome 1.1-1.4 mm long, twisted 2-3 times. Spores 8-12 µm, yellowish, smooth or weakly papillose.