Banksia ericifolia with Rainbow Lorikeet

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ANPSA Study Groups

Study Groups form part of the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia), ANPSA, and promote interest in growing and studying Australian plants.

Over the years, Study Groups have contributed valuable data to an expanding body of knowledge of Australian native plants and to the breadth of experience in growing Australia's unique flora. This has included contributing articles to the ANPSA's flagship journal, Australian Plants, and publication of books of aspects of Australia's flora.

Organisation and Activities

Each Study Group has a leader/s with experience and knowledge of their subject plant. As part of the national body, ANPSA, the leaders are supported by the ANPSA Study Group Coordinator. Study Group Liaison Officers within each Region (State) Australian Native Plant Society report Study Group activities in their regional journals.

Study groups can focus on many aspects of growing native plants. Most focus on a specific genus (e.g. Banksia, Grevillea) or family (e.g. native peas), and some focus on plant types or uses (e.g. Wallum in Queensland, Australian Plants in Containers, or Garden Design).

Study Groups operate Australia-wide and because members are widely dispersed, the leader stays in touch via newsletters. Study Group Leaders are expected to publish at least two newsletters each year and members are encouraged to contribute to these. Some Study Groups charge a small annual fee and some have no fees - the latter send newsletters by email only.

In some situations, members of a particular Study Group who live close to each other may form a local chapter to undertake field trips, meetings or garden visits.

Each ANPSA Biennial Conference allows Study Groups to mount a display and for the leader to report the activities and achievements of their group to the attending members. It also affords an opportunity for members of Study Groups from around Australia to meet each other.

There are currently 16 Study Groups covering a diversity of interests, and they are listed below.

Lechenaultia macrantha    Banksia heliantha
Left: Lechenaultia macrantha. Right: Banksia heliantha (syn. Dryandra quercifolia)
Photos: APS (NSW); Brian Walters

Joining a Study Group

Information on Study Groups and links to membership can be found on the ANPSA website . From this page you can access the links to membership and newsletters.

When joining a Study Group, you are also required to be a member of a Native Plant Society Region. Expertise is not a prerequisite - the Study Group exists to help new members learn more about their subject. There will be experienced members in the group as well as many who are learning and there is plenty of encouragement for beginners.

Members are encouraged to contribute to their Study Group by contributing to newsletters, participating in surveys about specific topics, mounting displays and by interacting with their local Australian Native Plant Societies.

Some Study Group leaders are assisted by members who take on tasks such as membership or editing the newsletters.

   Eremophila nivea
   Eremophila nivea
Photo: Brian Walters
   Eucalyptus torquata
   Eucalyptus torquata
Photo: Brian Walters

General Enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to: (Note: you need to remove the "OUT-DAMNED-SPAM" text from the address - it's there to try to deter automated email harvesting by spammers).

Study Groups 2021

For further information on each current Study Group, please use the following links.

Closed Study Groups

The following Study Groups are now closed but the Groups' newsletters are available for download. Newsletters of other closed groups will be added if they become available:

* Miscellaneous Study Groups: Calectasia, Native Succulents, Water Plants

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