This small to medium-sized moss forms neat yellow to green cushions up to 3cm high. The erect leaves are quite wavy when moist, and are about 2.5mm long. The leaf margins are narrowly recurved and it gradually tapers to a fine tip. Capsules are common, and are cylindrical and erect.
Occurs on trees, fences, thatch and on a variety of other organic substrates. Found on exposed rocks and old stone walls in hilly areas. Common and widespread throughout most of Britain.