Hibiscus Study Group

The Hibiscus Study Group was formed with the following aims:

  • To research, record and exchange information on all aspects of Australian species and hybrids included within the Plant Family Malvaceae.
  • To record distribution and description of species.
  • Selection of superior forms for preservation in Botanical Gardens, collections etc.
  • Selection of superior forms for horticultural uses, including breeding programmes.
  • Record cultural techniques including germination trials, propagation methods, nutritional requirements, pest and disease control, cultivation, weed potential etc.
  • Encourage a comprehensive breeding programme aimed at definite objectives for improvement.
  • Conduct trials of promising hybrids, with the intention of making the very best available to Native Plant Nurseries, collectors etc.
  • Maintain a seed bank and source of properly identified propagating material.
  • Investigate all plant uses e.g. food, medicinal etc., as well as ornamental prospects.
  • Liaise and confer with botanists, Herbaria and professional plant people to ensure accurate and up to date information is obtained.
  • Build up a Herbarium of pressed specimens and a photographic record.
  • Conduct field trips to observe plants in their natural habitat. Assist with scientific study if requested to do so.

Although this Study Group is now closed, during its period of operation the Group produced a series of highly detailed newsletters and several issues can be downloaded from the links below. Additional newsletters are being scanned and will be added here when they become available.

Alyogyne hakeifolia - yellow form    Hibiscus geranioides
Left: Alyogyne hakeifolia (yellow form)
Right: Hibiscus geranioides.

Photos: John Conran and Jeff Howes


The Study Group's newsletters document reports from members into cultivation issues, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. The following newsletters are available for download.

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