Observ. Bot., 26. 1803 ,
Etymology: Greek schistos, split or divided, and stego, cover, apparently alluding to erroneous observation that operculum splits
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 27. Treatment on page 475.
Plants fernlike, bluish gray-green, occasionally with a reddish purple tint, scattered, as clustered or tufted frondiform shoots. Stems 4–7 mm from a protonema composed of filamentous strands of tiny, clear, spheric cells.