Plants medium-sized to moderately large, in loose to moderately dense mats, light green with somewhat bluish tinge, fading to yellowish green, then brownish stramineous. Stems to 7 cm, creeping but ascending from substrate, terete-foliate, irregularly branched, branches to 6 mm, straight to slightly curved, terete-foliate. Stem leaves erect to erect-appressed, imbricate, ovate-lanceolate, broadest at 1/10 leaf length, concave, not strongly plicate, plication variable in same plant, (1.7-)2-2.8 × 0.6-0.9 mm; base slightly narrowed, narrowly short-decurrent; margins plane or occasionally recurved at places, especially in transition to acumen and in leaf corners, almost entire to strongly serrate, dentition variable on same plant; apex gradually tapered or acuminate; costa to 60-75% leaf length, slender, terminal spine present or absent; alar cells subquadrate to short-rectangular, same size or smaller than basal cells, 12-20 × 10-12 µm, walls moderately thick, region indistinctly delimited, in several submarginal rows; laminal cells linear, 45-90(-120) × 6-10 µm; basal cells to 12-16(-19) µm wide, region in 5-8 rows, . Branch leaves with margins usually strongly serrate. Sexual condition autoicous. Seta dark cherry red when young, red-brown with age, (1-)2.3 cm, smooth. Capsule occasionally inclined to horizontal and curved, cherry brown to very dark brown, elongate to subcylindric, straight proximally, somewhat curved distally, 1.8-2.3 mm; annulus separating by fragments; operculum long-conic, sometimes broadly short-rostrate. Spores 16-20 µm.