Musc. Frond. Ined. Archip. Ind. 6: 183, plate 60. 1848.
Plants small, brownish, sometimes with reddish tinge. Stems with secondary stems ascending, branches elongate [usually short], irregularly branched; paraphyllia and pseudoparaphyllia absent. Leaves tightly imbricate when dry, wide-spreading when moist; margins plane [to revolute]; medial laminal cells smooth to prorulose. Sexual condition autoicous; perichaetia terminal, inner leaves awned, awns nearly smooth to denticulate. Seta very short. Capsule immersed; peristome single; exostome teeth narrowly triangular. Calyptra conic, mostly smooth, somewhat papillose distally.
Nearly worldwide, except Pacific Islands, tropical and subtropical regions.
Species ca. 24 (1 in the flora).