Hedwigia 47: 171. 1908,.
Plants whitish green to yellowish green. Stems 1–5 (–10) cm. Leaves erect-spreading to falcate-secund, 2–8 × 0.5–1 mm, entire or with a few serrulations near apex; costa covering ca. 9/10 or more of leaf base, smooth on abaxial surface, in cross-section with a row of adaxial hyalocysts, a row of median chlorocysts and a row of abaxial hyalocysts. Seta 10–20 mm. Capsule 2–3 mm; operculum 1–1.5 mm. Spores 15–20 µm.
Phenology: Capsules mature summer.
Habitat: Usually on soil or soil over boulders, noncalcareous outcrops and cliffs, sometimes in bogs and fens, rarely on stream banks
Elevation: (150-4300 m)
Greenland, Alta., B.C., N.W.T., Yukon, Alaska, Ariz., Colo., Mont., N.Mex., Utah, Wyo., Mexico, Europe, Asia
Paraleucobryum enerve is best distinguished from P. longifolium by its whitish green to yellowish green color, nearly smooth leaf margins that occasionally have a few teeth near the apex, and smooth costa. Sporophytes are more rarely produced than they are by P. longifolium.