Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum (Hedw.) Chen, Hedwigia 80: 5. 1941.
Weissia recurvirostra Hedw., Sp. Musc. Frond. 71. 1801. Didymodon recurvirostrus (Hedw.) Jenn., Man. Mosses W. Pennsylvania 96. 1913. Barbula recurvirostra (Hedw.) Dix., Rev. Bryol. Lichénol. 6: 991. 1934. Protologue: England and Norway. In montosis Angliae et Norwegiae.
Plants medium-sized, reddish green to reddish yellow, 5–25 mm high. Stems red, erect, irregularly branched, sclerodermis and central strand present; rhizoids red, smooth. Leaves 2–3 mm long, erect-sheathing at base, erect-twisted and incurved when dry, erect-spreading to spreading when wet, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate; apices bluntly acute, apiculate; margins unistratose, recurved to near the apex, irregularly dentate above, not bordered, decurrent at base; costa subpercurrent to percurrent, papillose at back, ventral superficial cells short-rectangular to quadrate, pluripapillose, guide cells and two stereid bands present, ventral and dorsal epidermal layers enlarged, papillose; upper cells 8–12 x 8–12 μm, firm-walled, oblate to irregularly quadrate, densely pluripapillose by thick, c-shaped papillae, basal cells smooth, hyaline, enlarged, thin-walled and bulging, long-rectangular 30–90 x 8–18 μm, alar cells not differentiated. Synoicous or paroicous. Perichaetia terminal; perichaetial leaves elongate, sheathing. Setae smooth, 10–15 mm long, red. Capsules cylindric, erect and symmetric, 2–3 mm long, smooth, suboral ring differentiated in 1–2 rows; stomata in neck; exothecial cells rectangular; opercula obliquely short-rostrate, 0.5–0.8 mm long; annuli revoluble to deciduous, 1–3 rows of vesiculose cells; peristome of 16 erect, light-yellow to hyaline, filamentous, irregularly cleft, lightly papillose teeth, to 240 μm long, basal membrane absent. Spores 14–16 μm, smooth to slightly papillose. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth,1.5–2.0 mm long.