This native groundcover is commonly known as mangrove fern.
Acrostichum speciosum is described as a "fern" in the Pteridaceae family.
In the Queensland Nature Conservation Act it is classified as Least Concern. Under the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act it is not classified.
Present in riparian aquatic habitats as well as littoral areas. Listed as a special least concern species in Queensland (https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/plants-animals/plants/protected-plants/harvesting). Regarded as a wetland species in Queensland WetlandInfo.
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census and is listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Reported at 18 Fraser Coast localities: Bauple, Bunya Creek, Duckinwilla, Dundathu, Dundowran Beach, Granville, Howard, K'gari, Magnolia, Maryborough, Susan River, Talegalla Weir, Tandora, Teddington, Tinana, Tinnanbar, Toogoom, Yengarie.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.