Plants dark green to brownish, somewhat glossy, tightly affixed to substratum. Stems 0.5-1 mm, erect, strongly radiculose. Leaves 0.5-5 mm, and somewhat crisped when dry, apex acute, the most proximal leaves reduced, laminal cells smooth, margins entire. Perichaetial leaves with smooth awn, 9-12 mm, lamina at awn base lacerate but not membranaceous. Capsule narrowly ovoid, 2-3 mm, stomata absent, mature capsules sheathed in penicellate perichaetium, awns extending more than twice the length of the immersed capsule. Spores 9-12 µm.