Rhytidiadelphus loreus is common in coastal forests floors and hanging baskets. Rhytidiadelphus loreus can also be found on rotten logs, rocks, or epiphytically on tree bases.
Rhytidiadelphus loreus is pleurocarpous. The shoots are coarse and grow as loose mats of interwoven, brownish-green or green plants with red stems.
The leaves are falcate-secund and glossy. Each leaf is cordate shaped with a folded apex, and a pleated at the base. There are no costa.
Sporophytes are irregular. The sporophytes are red-brown when mature. A mature sporangium is glossy and subspherical.
Mature sporangia are hard, glossy, subspherical, and inclined.