Linnaea 40: 273. 1876
Plants 1–5 cm, yellowish, shiny. Stems with short stipelike basal region, simple or sparsely branched. Stem leaves not seriate, similar when dry or moist, spreading to recurved or squarrose [erect], broadly ovate-orbicular [to ovate-lanceolate], weakly plicate; base not auriculate or decurrent; margins plane; costa double and short, 2-fid, or single to mid leaf or longer; alar cells little differentiated, quadrate; medial laminal cells sinuate, smooth, walls porose. Branch leaves when present similar to stem leaves. [Seta 0.4–0.5 cm. Capsule cylindric; operculum conic, long-rostrate. Calyptra partly covering capsule, rough with projecting cell ends, naked].
se United States, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America, Asia, Africa.
Species 12 (1 in the flora).