Plants small to medium-sized, , in dense or loose tufts, green to dark green or brownish, occasionally light green. Stems to 5(-8) cm, creeping to arching, terete-foliate, irregularly or rarely regularly pinnate, branches to 8 mm, often curved, spreading-foliate. Stem leaves appressed to stem at bases, spreading to reflexed distally, ± loosely arranged, occasionally imbricate, ovate or ovate-triangular, concave, not or indistinctly plicate, 1-1.5(-2) × 0.5-0.9(-1.2) mm; base broadly long-decurrent; margins plane or recurved proximally, serrulate throughout, sometimes almost entire; apex gradually to abruptly long-acuminate; costa ending in acumen, often obscure distally, terminal abaxial spine absent; alar cells enlarged, 15-30 × 12-20 µm, walls as thick as in laminal cells, region conspicuous, pellucid or opaque (by collapsed cytoplasm); laminal cells short to moderately elongate, 25-70(-90) × 6-10(-12) µm; basal juxtacostal cells almost undifferentiated, slightly and gradually shorter than laminal cells, region almost undifferentiated, in 3-10 rows. Branch leaves usually closely imbricate, narrowly ovate to ovate-lanceolate; . Sexual condition autoicous, rarely paroicous. Seta dark red-brown, 0.8-1.5 cm, rough. Capsule inclined to horizontal, dark red-brown or occasionally light brown, short-ovate to occasionally ovate-cylindric, if longer then curved, 1-1.5 mm. Spores (10-)12-17 µm.