Bryol. Europ. 3: 82. 1837,.
Plants medium-sized, tufted or cespitose, glossy, dark green. Stems erect or repent, to 1.5 cm. Leaves crispate when dry, broadly acute to acuminate, 3–4 mm; margins coarsely serrate distally, erect or irregularly recurved proximally; apex plane or with erect margins but not cucullate. Specialized asexual reproduction absent. Seta 1(–4) per perichaetium, 3–4 mm. Capsule cylindric, 2–2.4 mm, smooth to slightly or prominently wrinkled or ribbed when dry; peristome teeth divided into filiform segments, densely papillose. Calyptra lobes less than 1/2 length of calyptra.
Phenology: Capsules mature Mar–Apr, Dec.
Habitat: Calcareous rock and concrete in forests
Elevation: low to high elevations (0-2200 m)
La., S.C., Tex., Mexico, West Indies (Dominican Republic).