Stems strongly julaceous. Leaves loosely imbricate when dry, strongly concave, 0.6–1.2 mm; costa ending mid leaf or 2/3 leaf length, rarely percurrent; distal laminal cells elongate-vermicular, 60–100 µm, 8–10:1, walls sinuate. Specialized asexual reproduction absent. Seta 2–3 cm. Capsule inclined to nodding, brown or red-brown, ovate-pyriform, 1–2 mm; peristome double; endostome basal membrane high, segments broadly perforated, cilia 1–3, appendiculate to nodose. Spores 8–13 µm.
Phenology: Capsules mature Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Acidic seepy or damp soil, soil over rock, ledges
Elevation: low to high elevations (0-4000 m)
Greenland, Alta., B.C., N.W.T., Nunavut, Yukon, Alaska, Calif., Colo., Conn., Mich., Minn., N.Y., N.C., Pa., Wis., Mexico, Central America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, Subantarctic Islands.
Anomobryum julaceum is a widespread boreal-temperate species; capsules are very rare. Material from southern California and Mexico has been referred to var. mexicanum Schimper, but this variety is not recognized here.