Welcome to the Dryandra Study Group Website.
The Dryandra 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 Dryandra. The Study Group does not accept the reclassification of the genus Dryandra into an expanded Banksia genus - see "Dryandra or Banksia" below.
Members of the Group are mainly keen amateurs with no formal horticultural or botanical knowledge, although a number of professionals in those fields also participate. 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 Group issues regular newsletters documenting cultivation reports from members, organising and reporting on field excursions and describing propagation methods, successes and failures. Past issues of the newsletters can be downloaded from this site (see the link below).
If you are interested in the cultivation, propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia's native flora, especially dryandras, 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.
To join the Dryandra 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:
Regular newsletters are published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating dryandras, keeping up to date on scientific knowledge of the genus and reporting on field trips to various parts of Australia.
Newsletters published over recent years are available for download.
A small compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Dryandra.
Profiles of a number of Dryandra species have been incorporated into the Banksia section of the main ANPSA website (they are listed there under their Banksia names, with the corresponding Dryandra names in parentheses). Each profile includes a photograph and information on natural distribution, taxonomy, cultivation and propagation.
ANPSA's Banksia pages also cover the characteristics, cultivation and propagation of dryandras and banksias generally, and include references to other relevant resources.
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 original Dryandra names are used on this Dryandra Study Group website.
Regardless of this scientific re-classification, dryandras are quite distinctive horticulturally and will undoubtedly continue to be called dryandras in common usage.
* Mast A R and Thiele K; The transfer of Dryandra R.Br. to Banksia L.f. (Proteaceae); Australian Systematic Botany, 26 February 2007