Plants moderate to large-sized, dense and compact, pale green, brownish white, golden brown to variegated golden brown, can be reddish in rocky seep habitats; forms small, tufted compact cushions. Stems brown. Stem leaves small, 0.3-0.7 mm, triangular-lingulate with broad rounded apex, Branches short, crowded, and unranked. Branch fascicles 4-6 branches per fascicle, 2-3 spreading and 2-3 pendent, but plants frequently unbranched in young clones. Branch leaves large, 1.4-3 mm, semi-squarrose to squarrose, ovate and abruptly involute in distal portion, appearing cucullate with toothed apex, usually no more than 6 teeth; hyaline cells with 5 or more ringed, round to elliptical pores on convex surface, numerous pseudopores on concave surface with 3-ringed corner pores occurring in 3s at adjacent cell angles; chlorophyllous cells elliptic in transverse section, entirely included by hyaline cells, slightly nearer to convex surface. Sexual condition monoicous. Capsule with abundant pseudostomata. Spores 25-35 µm; finely papillose on proximal surface, coarsely papillose on distal surface with raised Y-mark sculpture; proximal laesura short, 0.3-0.5 spore radius.
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