Banksia Study Group

Banksia candolleana


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Welcome to the Banksia Study Group Website.

The Banksia Study Group is one of a number of Study Groups within the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Our aim is to further knowledge about the cultivation, propagation and conservation of members of the genus Banksia - specifically the approximately 80 'non Dryandra' species. The Study Group does not accept the reclassification of the genus Dryandra into an expanded Banksia genus - see "Dryandra or Banksia" below. A separate study group (the Dryandra Study Group) exists to investigate those plants.

The Banksia Study Group was set up in 1971 and has been active continually ever since. As in all study groups, the members' work is mainly carried out in their own homes and gardens and in their own spare time.

The Study Group's newsletters document reports from members into cultivation issues, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. From time to time, the group may also organise field trips to natural areas to observe and record banksias growing in the wild as well as trips to members' gardens.

If you are interested in the cultivation, propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia's native flora, especially banksias, why not consider joining and helping to promote these beautiful plants more widely.


Membership is available to members of an ANPSA-affiliated Regional Society. If you are not a member of a Regional Society, please refer to the ANPSA Membership Page for further information on joining.

Membership of the Banksia Study Group is $7 paid annually (or in advance for two years if so desired), which provides privileged access to the Group's newsletters. Although newsletters are available for download from this site, they are only made generally available 12 months after publication to financial members.

To join the Banksia Study Group, please send a request using the following form (please note that all fields are mandatory* - you may edit the 'Message' field if necessary) :

I am a member of the following Regional Society*:


Study Group Background

Who we are. What we do. And a bit of history...


Reports and Newsletters

Newsletters are published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating banksias, keeping up to date on scientific knowledge of the genus and reporting on field trips to various parts of Australia.

Newsletters and reports published since the Study Group was formed in the early 1970s are available for download.



A small compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Banksia.


Plant Profiles

Profiles of about 50 species of Banksia have been incorporated into the Banksia section of the main ANPSA website. Each profile includes a photograph and information on:

  • Taxonomy and Natural distribution
  • Plant description
  • Propagation and Cultivation

ANPSA's Banksia pages also cover the characteristics, cultivation and propagation of banksias generally, and include references to other Banksia resources.


Dryandra or Banksia?

A paper published in February 2007* proposed that the genus Dryandra be subsumed into Banksia. The paper published new names in Banksia for all (then) currently recognised Dryandra species. This revised classification has been accepted by the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria and the new names now appear on Florabase (the website for the Western Australian Herbarium) and in the Australian Plant Census

However, the reclassification has not met with universal approval. For example, Alex George, a highly respected authority on both Banksia and Dryandra, strongly opposes the change on scientific grounds. The two opposing views are set out in the following articles:


ANPSA recognises the Australian Plant Census as the authority on plant names and, accordingly, the revised classification has now been adopted on the main ANPSA website. However, ANPSA's Dryandra and Banksia Study Groups both regard the two genera as separate and, for this reason, the Banksia Study Group restricts its interest to the previous classification of approximately 80 species.

* Mast A R and Thiele K; The transfer of Dryandra R.Br. to Banksia L.f. (Proteaceae); Australian Systematic Botany, 26 February 2007

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