Riccia sorocarpa, also known as the common crystalwort, is often found growing in gardens, on bare soils, gravel footpaths, and sometimes on muddy soils near lakes or reservoirs. This species can grow on acidic or base-rich substrates.
The bluish-green thallus of R. sorocarpa forms irregular rosettes and the thallus branches are not as long as they are wide. A “V-shaped” groove can be seen near the median.
The small thalli of R. sorocarpa are bluish-green but become brownish when older.
The presence ventral, colorless, scales can be seen along the margin with the aid of a hand lens.
Like other liverworts, the rhizoids are unicellular.
The sporophyte remains within the thallus until it is exposed following the decomposition of the thallus.