Ecology: Transitional high montane forest, páramo and humid puna; on soil or humus. Elevation: 3140-4155 m (Venezuela: 4070 m, Peru: 3600 m. Bolivia: 3140-4155 m). Distribution: Mexico, Central America, tropical Andes; also Africa.
Bryum leptotorquescens is typically a large plants, to 7 cm, tomentose below, eveningly and closely space, often weakly rostulate at apex, oblong acuminate leaves to 4.5 mm long with a decurrent base, distal margins rather sharply serrate, indistinctly bordered by 2-4(6?) rows of elongate cells, porose and thick-walled rhomboidal-hexagonal upper laminal cells, rectangular basal cells, seta to 20 mm long, pendulous capsules to 4 mm long, and conic-apiculate operculum.
Specimens: BOLIVIA. La Paz: Lewis 82-200 (MO), Sanjines 595 (LPB, MO).