This native aquatic plant is commonly known as red azolla.
Azolla rubra is described as a "fern" in the Salviniaceae 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.
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census but is not listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Reported at 3 Fraser Coast localities: Bauple, Glenorchy, Island Plantation.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.