(Hedwig) Mitten in F. D. Godman, Nat. Hist. Azores. 297. 1870.
Hedwig, Sp. Musc. Frond., 30. 1801;
(Hedwig) Bruch & Schimper
obovate to spatulate, apex broadly acute or occasionally rounded, short-awned, margins plane or rarely weakly recurved proximally, weakly bordered distally with 2-4 rows of slightly thicker-walled cells; costa excurrent, lacking an adaxial pad of cells, distally narrow, 2 cells across the convex or plane adaxial surface; distal laminal cells irregularly hexagonal, width 18-22(-27) µm wide, 1:1, smooth.
stegocarpic, not systylius, urceolate or obovate, erect and nearly straight, urn 0.6-1 mm; peristome absent; operculum 0.3-0.5 mm.
25-30 µm, spheric, densely papillose.
Capsules mature fall-spring. Soil, calcareous soil with grasses, fields, lawns, roadsides; low to moderate elevations; B.C., N.B., N.S., Ont., Que., Sask.; Conn., Ill., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.J., N.Y., Pa., R.I., Vt., Wash., Wis.; s South America; Europe; Asia; n Africa; Atlantic Islands; Pacific Islands (New Zealand); Australia.
may have distinct denticulations near the leaf apex or nearly throughout, and this can be more pronounced in the latter, which usually has papillose laminae.