There are over 20 study groups within the Society whose aims are to further knowledge about the cultivation, propagation and conservation of specific Australian plants. Members of all study groups are mainly keen amateurs with no formal horticultural or botanical knowledge, although a number of professionals in those fields also participate. The members' work is carried out in their own homes and gardens and in their own spare time.
This group has closed for the time being.
The Group was formed with the aim of studying most of the genera within the tribe Boronieae including Correa, but specific work on that genus was left to members of the Correa Study Group (see below).
During the Group's period of operation, its newsletters documented reports from members into cultivation issues, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. These reports assisted in assessing the suitability of various species for cultivation in a range of climatic zones. The newsletters also included information on the taxonomy of the plants being studied, including details of new and reclassified species.
Correa is one of the most widely cultivated members of the Boronia group but it is also one of the most confused. Although there are only 11 species, there are a large number of cultivars in existence and the naming and origins of many of these are invalid. There are a number of identical plants being cultivated under different names and other cultivars are being cultivated under names which are appropriate to completely different forms.
One aim of this Group is to address this confusion by growing and comparing as many of the existing species and cultivars as possible. The Group issues regular newsletters documenting cultivation reports from members, providing botanical keys to the species, organising and reporting on field excursions and describing propagation methods, successes and failures.
|Left: Many people would not easily recognise Diplolaena grandiflora as a member of the Boronia family.
Right: Correa 'Candy Pink'.
Photos: Brian Walters
A website for the group has been established. It provides further information about joining the group and its aims and activities, as well as providing downloads of back issues of the group's newsletters. The website can be found at the link below.