This native groundcover is commonly known as gristle fern.
Blechnum cartilagineum is described as a "fern" in the Blechnaceae 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 5 Fraser Coast localities: Dundowran Beach, K'gari, Poona, St Mary, Tuan Forest.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.