Distal leaves long-subulate beyond an elliptic, ovate or obovate base, 1.2-2.7 mm, leaf base usually strongly differentiated in shape; distal laminal cells short- to long-rectangular. Sexual condition autoicous. Seta 0.2-0.5 mm. Capsule neck short, bluntly conic. Spores reticulate. Calyptra strongly papillose.
Capsules mature winter. Moist, sandy soil; mostly low but occasionally moderate elevations; Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss., N.C., Ohio, S.C., Tex.
Bruchia ravenelii is one of the most commonly collected species of the genus. The short, conic capsule neck is distinctive.