Plants small to medium-sized, in loose to dense, rarely fragile tufts, green, yellowish, brownish, or golden green, with orange tinge due to leaves yellow-green and stems reddish. Stems creeping, ascending, or sometimes erect, densely or loosely terete- or subcomplanate-foliate, sometimes julaceous, regularly or irregularly pinnate, branches similar or more strongly complanate-foliate; central strand present; pseudoparaphyllia acute; axillary hairs of 2-3(-4) cells. Stem leaves erectopatent to erect, imbricate or falcate-secund, lanceolate to ovate, slightly to strongly concave, not to moderately plicate; base short-decurrent; margins serrate, serrulate, or subentire; apex gradually tapered or acuminate; costa to (20-)40-80% leaf length, thin or thick distally, terminal spine present or sometimes absent; alar cells subquadrate or short-rectangular, small, ; laminal cells elongate to linear, , walls moderately thick; basal cells undifferentiated or slightly broader than adjacent cells, . Branch leaves smaller, somewhat narrower; costal abaxial surface more strongly serrate. Sexual condition autoicous (synoicous in B. fendleri); perichaetial leaf acumen reflexed. Seta red-brown to reddish orange, rough, smooth, or roughened proximally and smooth distally. Capsule inclined, horizontal, or pendent (sometimes erect in B. fendleri), red-brown, remaining partly greenish until almost mature, ovate, elongate, or cylindric, usually curved; annulus separating in fragments; operculum bluntly short-conic; peristome xerocastique, perfect to moderately reduced. Calyptra naked. Spores 9-21 µm.