Welcome to the Banksia Study Group Website.
The Banksia Study Group is one of about 20 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.
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.
Who we are. What we do. How to contact us and how to join the Group.
The Banksia Study Group was set up in 1971 and has been active continually ever since. This short history of the Group covers the period up until 2000.
A small compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Banksia.
This email discussion group on banksias is not part of the Study Group but a number of Study Group members participate. The email group is open to everyone at the following address:
From the beginnings of the Study Group in 1971 up until about 2000, ten reports were published documenting the work of the Study Group members. Subsequently, regular newsletters were, and continue to be, published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating banksias and in keeping up to date on scientific knowledge of the genus.
Two of the early reports are still available and newsletters published over recent years are available for download.
Photographs of about 50 species of Banksia have been incorporated into the Banksia section of the main ANPSA website. Each photograph is accompanied by a concise plant profile which includes natural distribution, taxonomy, plant description, cultivation and propagation.
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