Plants in rigid, green to brownish-green tufts 0.5-5 cm high, sparsely reddish-tomentose, equally foliate (only perichaetial leaves forming comose tufts). Leaves 5-7 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, gradually acuminate, subtubulose above, entire except for a hyaline, serrate awn of various lengths; costa 1/2-2/3 the leaf base, ribbed at back because of lamellae 2-4 cells high, excurrent, in section showing a layer of dorsal stereids in groups of 3-5 cells; alar cells not or somewhat differentiated; basal cells hyaline, thin-walled, long-rectangular, narrower at the margins, extending 1/3 up the leaf at the margins; upper cells shortly oval to oblong-rhombic, 9-16 x 7-8 µm. Setae 3-5 mm long; capsules 1.5 mm long, ovoid, brownish. Spores 13 µm, pale brown, roughened. Calyptrae fringed.