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.

For more information or to join the 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).

Fern Study Group Form

Signup form for the Fern Study Group that sends a notification to the Study Group leader.


Regular newsletters are published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating Australian ferns, 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.

Newsletter Archive

The Study Group produces several informative newsletters each year documenting reports from members into cultivation issues in various climatic zones, propagation methods, natural occurrences of different species and information on Group meetings and excursions. The following newsletters are available for download (Note: These are in pdf format and will require a PDF Reader to view them. Free readers include Foxit Reader and Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The Group’s newsletters are provided here as an archive. Several issues are not available in electronic form at present but will be added if copies are located. More recent Newsletters will be uploaded about a year in arrears, so that current Study Group members have privileged access to current content.

You can search the contents of the newsletters using the Search box above. Note that issues prior to No.107 have been scanned from paper copies before being processed via optical character recognition (OCR). As the success of OCR is highly dependent on the quality of the scans, searching may not be fully successful for those earlier issues.

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A compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Australian ferns.

These are a few internet and other resources on Australian ferns that might prove useful:


  • Bailey, F.M. (1892), Lithograms of the Ferns of Queensland. Brisbane: Government Printer.
  • Chaffey, C. (1999), Australian Ferns – Growing Them Successfully, Simon and Schuster Australia
  • Chaffey, C. (2002, revised 2003), A Field Guide to Australian Ferns, Vol. 1. Bangalow: Natureview Publications, sponsored by Southern Cross University.
  • Chaffey, C. (2003), A Field Guide to Australian Ferns, Vol. 2. Bangalow: Natureview Publications, sponsored by Southern Cross University.
  • Duncan, B.D. & Isaac, G. (1986, 1994), Ferns and allied plants of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: with distribution maps for the Victorian species. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press in association with Monash University.
  • Flora of Australia (1998), Volume 48: Ferns, Gymnosperms and Allied Groups. Melbourne: ABRS/CSIRO Australia.
  • Garret, M. (1996), The Ferns of Tasmania: their ecology and distribution, Tasmanian Forest Research Council
  • Goudey, C.J. (1985), Maidenhair ferns in Cultivation. Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company Pty Ltd.
  • Goudey, C.J. (1988), A Handbook of Ferns for Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company Pty Ltd.
  • Jones, D. L. and Clemesha, S.C. (1989), Australian Ferns and Fern Allies, The Currawong Press, Reed Books Pty.
  • Large, M. and Braggins J. (2004), Tree Ferns, CSIRO.


  • Australian Fern Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, January/February 1984; Australian native ferns. Sole issue published.
  • Australian Plants, Vol 7, No.56 September 1973; Australian Native Ferns.
  • Australian Plants, Vol. 27, No. 220, Spring 2015; issue dedicated to Australian native ferns.



Information on upcoming Study Group activities.

Information on upcoming Study Group activities will be posted here from time to time. Please check back regularly to see if any activities are planned for your area. Full details of the locations and contact details will be found in recent newsletters.

Please Note: All social events of the Fern Study Group have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, in line with Federal and State Government regulations and advice from both Native Plants Queensland and Australian Plants Society NSW.