Plants medium-sized, rarely small or fairly large, mostly slender, in fairly loose or dense mats or tufts, light olivaceous, often with a rufous hue in the upper part, brownish to blackish brown proximally. Stems (1-)2-5(-9) cm, creeping, ascending to suberect, pinnately or sometimes irregularly branched to almost unbranched. Leaves imbricate and usually twisted and crispate when dry, erect-spreading to recurved when moist, narrowly ovate-lanceolate to triangular, sharply carinate and often distinctly plicate, 1.8-2.5 × 0.4-0.7 mm; margins narrowly recurved from the base to 3/4 way up the leaf, plane near the apex; muticous or sometimes with a short, to 200 µm, yellowish hyaline, weakly denticulate and sparsely papillose awn; costa yellowish, subpercurrent to percurrent, papillose and distinctly convex on the abaxial side, situated at the bottom of a fairly deep furrow, 40-60 µm wide at the base; basal laminal cells elongate 20-50 × 3-5 µm, with strongly incrassate, nodulose longitudinal walls, except for 3-5 epapillose cell rows at the insertion forming a bright yellow strip; alar cells yellowish hyaline, thin-walled cells in 4-6 rows, forming distinct convex auricles; supra-alar cells quadrate to short-rectangular, firm-walled forming ± pellucid, often indistinct or absent, marginal border of 10-15 not sinuose cells; medial and distal laminal cells subquadrate to short-rectangular, (7-)10-20 × 4-6 µm, with low and narrow, sometimes indistinct papillae. Inner perichaetial leaves membranous, crenulate-dentate at the apex. Seta brown, 6-10 mm. Capsule brown, cylindric, 1.2-1.5 mm, sulcate when dry; peristome teeth lanceolate, 650-850 µm, brown, densely low-papillose, 2-fid to the base. Spores 9-11 µm.