Plants small to medium-sized, in loose to dense mats or tufts, green or yellowish to brownish. Stems creeping to arching, loosely to densely terete-foliate, irregularly densely branched, branches more densely foliate at their apices; central strand present; pseudoparaphyllia with apex acute; axillary hairs of 3 or 4 cells. Stem leaves erect to erectopatent, loosely to closely imbricate or somewhat spaced, broadly ovate-triangular to ovate-lanceolate, slightly concave, not plicate, or plicate in large plants; base narrowly decurrent; margins serrulate to subentire; apex gradually tapered or broadly acuminate, rarely blunt; costa to 60-85% leaf length, strong, terminal spine present; alar cells isodiametric, broader than laminal cells; laminal cells linear; basal juxtacostal cells slightly shorter, not clearly differentiated from laminal cells. Branch leaves smaller, narrower; . Sexual condition phyllodioicous or dioicous; perichaetial leaves reflexed, apex gradually acuminate. Seta red-brown, smooth or rarely very slightly rough at places. Capsule inclined to horizontal, red-brown, oblong, slightly curved dorsally; annulus separating by fragments; operculum rostrate; peristome xerocastique, perfect. Calyptra naked. Spores 12-17 µm.