Welcome to the Eremophila Study Group Website.
The Eremophila 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 Eremophila which are commonly known as emu bushes. As in all study groups, the members' work is carried out in their own homes and gardens and in their own spare time.
This Group was formed with the aim of studying the cultivation and propagation of the genus Eremophila so that more species could be seen in gardens. It also aims to examine the growing requirements of the various species to improve their reliability. The Group has been in operation for over 20 years and has produced numerous informative newsletters describing members' cultivation experiences in various parts of Australia and overseas as well as documenting botanical changes resulting from research carried out in a number of scientific institutions.
A compendium called The Study Group Newsletters 1972 - 1985 was produced in 1991. It is an edited collection of the Group's newsletters over that period. The Study Group was also jointly responsible for the production (in 1997) of Eremophilas for the Garden, a small book describing around 70 species with text and photographs.
In 2008, several long term members of the Study Group published a book on Australia's Eremophilas, changing gardens for a changing climate covering the cultivation requirements of most of the 216 species and their subspecies, along with the common cultivars.
Since the inception of the group over 100 newsletters have been issued documenting the reports from members into cultivation issues in various climatic zones, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. 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 eremophilas, 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 Eremophila 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:
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Regular newsletters are published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating eremophilas, 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, as is an Index to Issues 1 to 30.
In November 2015 a fast-moving grass fire started at Pinery, about 80 km north of Adelaide, South Australia. The fire burnt 84,000 hectares including parts of Ken's Warne's property including his extensive Eremophila collection. A gallery of photographs illustrates the effect of the fire on the collection over the weeks following the fire.
A small compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Eremophila.
Profiles of a number of Eremophila species have been incorporated into the Eremophila and Relatives section of the main ANPSA website. Each profile includes a photograph and information on natural distribution, taxonomy, cultivation and propagation.
ANPSA's Eremophila and Relatives pages also cover the characteristics, cultivation and propagation of eremophilas generally, and include references to other Eremophila resources.