Leaves usually contorted when dry, lanceolate to broadly subulate from an ovate or oblong sheathing base, 1.5-4 mm, apex acute to narrowly obtuse, margins entire or with a few teeth apically; costa subpercurrect to excurrent as a subula; distal laminal cells subquadrate or short-rectangular. Perichaetial leaves distinctly larger than the cauline, convolute-sheathing. Seta elongate, 0.5-1.5 mm. Capsule long-exserted, cylindric with neck strongly differentiated, conic to long-cylindric; peristome absent or present, of 16 simple, forked or perforate teeth, vertically barred on external surface; operculum differentiated, obliquely long-rostrate. Calyptra cucullate. Spores medium-sized, 20-30 µm, papillose.
'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.