Study groups are special interest groups within the broader membership of Australian native plant societies Australia-wide. They undertake the task of studying a genus or a closely related group of plants or plants in a particular ecosystem in the hope that results of this study will lead to a better understanding of their growth and horticultural requirements and uses, their distribution, classification or reproductive processes.
Study groups have been instrumental in discovering many new species and forms of Australian plants and their studies have lead to the introduction of many of these new species and forms into horticulture. Some Study Groups have been able to produce books as a result of their studies.
Each study group consists of a leader and members who participate in any studies undertaken. Members collect information on the plants under study and forward their observations or reports to the leader, who collates the information for the study group's newsletter.
The study groups need input from all tiers of our organisation - from the federal body, down to the regions, branches and individual members. In fact, it is the active participation of the individual members, the grass roots of Native Plants Queensland, that enables the study groups to continue to explore and expand our knowledge of our Australian flora.
Study group leaders are responsible to a study group co-ordinator who is a member of the Australian Native Plant Society (Australia)(ANPSA).
Most study groups have seed banks to which members have access. Some have display kits, others have herbariums, and most have living collections of plants. All study groups issue newsletters to their members.
Our study groups and field trips give you an opportunity to study a specific group of plants such as Grevillea, Wallum Heathland, Small Plants, Ferns and many others visit special locations to see native plants in their natural habitat. No particular skills are required to join a study group, just a willingness to observe and to learn about our wonderful Australian plants. Becoming a member of one or more of our study groups will add an extra dimension to the enjoyment of belonging to Native Plants Queensland.
At the present time there are roughly 20 study groups, and these are listed on the right.
How to join a study group
Only members of Native Plants Queensland, the Australian Plants Society (APS), the Australian Native Plants Society (ANPS) or the Wildflower Society of Western Australia (WSWA) may become members of a Study Group. Write to the Study Group Coordinator or the Study Group Liaison Officer in your Region and ask them to pass on your subscription fee and request for membership to the Leader of the particular Study Group which interests you. Study Group fees are due at the end of June each year. Anyone joining a Study Group at any time throughout the year should pay the full fee and expect to receive the full year’s quota of Newsletters.
How to form a new study group
There are still a number of genera of Australian plants not under study at the present time. If you are interested in forming a new Study Group, please contact the Study Group Coordinator, Jane, at email@example.com
Books produced by study groups
Each Study Group produces Newsletters which are distributed to the members of the Study Group. At least two Newsletters per year are produced by each Study Group. Some Study Groups produce more than this minimum number.
From time to time, the study groups produce books or booklets which are offered for sale. The following are a few that are available.
Wattles are Golden
This is a 40-page booklet containing extracts from 100 Acacia Study Group Newsletters. It is generally available from the Acacia Study Group.
A 270-page book covering 74 species of Brachyscome daisies. Includes colour photographs, line drawings, descriptions, cultivation, propagation and other information on the species. Contact the Australian Daisy Study Group for price.
Everlasting Daisies of Australia
A 196-page book that aims to encourage the appreciation and use of these everlasting daisies of Australia. Includes chapters on growing, propagation, reproduction and hybridization, floral arrangements and floriculture. There are detailed descriptions of species illustrated with beautiful colour photographs. Available from the Australian Daisy Study Group for $47.50 in Australia or $67.50 overseas. These prices include postage and packaging.
Eremophilas – The Study Group Newsletter 1972 – 1985
A 125-page booklet which is the edited collection of Eremophila Study Group Newsletters from the first one issued to No. 31 in April 1985. Please contact the Eremophila Study Group for price.
Eremophilas for the Garden
A 72-page book (A5 size) containing descriptions, cultivation notes and distribution of 67 Eremophila species considered suitable for cultivation. There is a colour photograph for each species. Eremophilas are exclusively Australian and come from the drier areas of our country. Please contact the Eremophila Study Group for details and price.
The Australian Garden: Designing with Australian Plants
This book is based on the work of the Garden Design Study Group over the last nine years. It covers the process of design, step by step, understanding the site and preparing a plan. Various unique Australian garden styles are described. There are excellent photographs to illustrate the subject and interpret the visual qualities of our Australian landscapes. Please contact the Garden Design Study Group for details and price.