Flora 10(2,Beil.): 37. 1827,.
Stems 0.6–1.2 mm. Leaves 0.5–2 mm, distal lamina cells irregularly short-rhombic with a few cells quadrate, about (1–) 2–3: 1, proximal cells longer. Seta 2–2.5 mm, straight and twisted above when dry. Capsule ovate-cylindric, 0.6–0.8 mm. Peristome of 16, very short, truncate teeth. Spores 8–12 µm.
Habitat: Moist, acidic cliff faces
Elevation: higher elevations
N.H., N.C., Tenn., Wash., South America (Colombia), Europe, Asia, Australia