Plants in open to somewhat compact tufts, olivaceous, brownish, or nearly black. Stems 1.3-2(-3) cm, central strand distinct. Leaves erect or curved, sometimes curved towards stem, imbricate, sometimes weakly spreading when dry, ovate-triangular to ovate-lanceolate, keeled distally, 1.2-1.8(-2.2) mm, 1-stratose, rarely with 2-stratose striae or patches distally; margins usually recurved to near apex, smooth or rarely weakly denticulate distally, 2-stratose, occasionally 3-stratose, often in more than one row; apices acute or somewhat rounded; costa sub-percurrent, percurrent, or excurrent as a short, denticulate, slightly decurrent awn, abaxial surface occasionally weakly papillose; basal marginal cells quadrate or short-rectangular; distal laminal cells mostly isodiametric or ovate, occasionally short-rectangular, 9-13 µm wide, smooth, weakly sinuose, walls usually pale orange or yellowish. Sexual condition autoicous. Capsule light (yellow-) brown, occasionally red-brown, short-cylindric or ovoid, usually narrowed towards the mouth, 0.8-1.4(-1.7) mm; exothecial cells mostly irregularly angular, short-elongate or isodiametric, rarely oblate, walls thin or moderately and unevenly thickened, often somewhat curved, trigonous; stomata present; peristome patent to squarrose-recurved, often twisted, 300-450 µm, dull dark red or brown, densely papillose, usually entire, sometimes weakly perforated. Spores 11-18 µm, granulose or verruculose.