Plants medium-sized to large, in loose tufts, light green to whitish. Stems terete- or occasionally subcomplanate-foliate, branches subcomplanate- to complanate- or rarely terete-foliate; axillary hairs of 3-5 cells. Stem leaves erect-spreading or erectopatent, ovate-lanceolate, often twisted mid leaf, 1.3-2 × 0.6-0.8 mm; margins serrulate to serrate; apex gradually acuminate; costa to 40-70% leaf length, terminal abaxial spine absent; alar cells undifferentiated, or 1-4 cells slightly differentiated, or, rarely, slightly larger cells forming indistinctly differentiated group not reaching margins; laminal cells (50-)80-120(-160) × 7-9(-10) µm; basal cells short-rectangular, region in 1-2(-3) rows, indistinctly differentiated or sometimes forming conspicuous pellucid belt across base. Seta 2-3 cm. Capsule 1.7-2 mm; operculum narrowly long-rostrate. Spores 9-11 µm.