Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

We are one of the district groups of Australian Plants Society Victoria (APSVIC), which is a Member Society of Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) (ANPSA).
Our members live in the Western Plains of Melbourne and surrounding area, but we welcome anyone interested in local Australian indigenous flora (and Australian native flora in general) to come to our monthly meeting, or to become a member. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.


If you are interested in joining the group, go to Membership Info page. We can also be found in Facebook and MeetUp.

NatureShare is an information sharing website which collects observations of remnant and self-sustaining flora/fauna in Victoria (but not plants in revegetation areas, garden plants or pets).
We are one of the groups that supported the creation of this website, and our members regularly contribute to its observation database.

In 2012, we published second edition of the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'


Monthly Meeting

Date: May 5th, 2017 at 8:00 PM

photo by Brian Walters

“Strategic tree selection for climate change”

by Greg Moore
(University of Melbourne)

Venue: Main Hall, Raleigh Road Activity Centre (ex RSL Club)

Address: 54 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong Vic 3032

Melway Map 28 Ref B8

GPS Coordinate: -37.76900,144.89470

Next Meeting: June 2nd, 2017
“Environmental Weeds in S.E. Australia”
by Sally Lambourne (DELWP)

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Greg MooreGreg Moore is a Research Associate at the University of Melbourne.
Previously he was Principal of Burnley College and inaugural president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter.
He is chair of the National Trust of Victoria’s Register of Significant Trees and on the Board of Greening Australia and Sustainable Gardening Australia.

Moore's talk will focus on the importance of planting suitable trees in private back and front yards in Melbourne to offset the effects of climate change. In this talk the focus will be on Australian natives, particularly Australian species that have proven to be resilient to climate change in scientific trials. Dr Moore will be making suggestions as to how to select trees wisely for their particular landscape situation.


For information on upcoming events (District Group Plant Sale, Seminar and other events), this link will take you to Event Calendar in APS-Victoria Web site.

News and Events from Keilor Plains Group
(For future events go to Speaker/Event list)


May 5th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Greg Moore.
Topic: “Strategic tree selection for climate change”
April 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Australian Native Plants Auction"
March 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Trevor Blake
Topic: “Botanising Trip to the Tanami Desert”
February 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Royce Raleigh
Topic: "Lesser Known Plants for the Garden"


December 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Members' Short Presentation
November 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Nicolle from Currency Creek Arboretum
Topic: "Eucalypts"
October 15:
APS Keilor Plains Saturday Trip to Brisbane Ranges. Meet at Maddingley Park, Bacchus Marsh at 10 AM.
October 7:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Spring Plant Table"
September 9:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Wilds of Westernport Bay"
August 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Chris Nicholson from Royal Park.
Topic: "The Native Garden - Royal Park"
July 9:
APS Keilor Plains Day Trip to Dandenong Ranges area.
July 1:
Result from AGM:
Chris Clarke is the new president of the group, and Yvonne Bischofberger the new Vice President.
July 1:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by presentation from Yvonne Bischofberger: "Newell's Paddock Urban Nature Reserve"
June 3:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Louise Pelle from Rushworth
Topic: "Garden Design with Indigenous Plants"
Apr 29:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: A B Bishop from Bends of Islands
Topic: "Australian Native Garden - A Practical Guide"
Apr 1:
Australian Native Plants Auction
Mar 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Speaker: Jason Caruso and Neil Duncan.
Topic: "Growing Australian plants in Containers"
Feb 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Ingwersen from Birdlife Australia
Topic: "Relationship between Specific Plants and Birds"
Jan 22 - 26:
APS Keilor Plains Alpine trip to Mt Baw Baw.

Useful Links for identifying Australian Flora:

Vic Flora On-Line
KeyBase of Flowering plants of Australia
Wattle On-Line
Fungi Down Under On-Line

Transport Map

Our Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact kpbook@apskeilorplains.org.au

Plants from Melbourne's Western Plains (tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Viminaria juncea
Viminaria juncea
Golden Spray or Native Broom
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Thomas N.

A fast-growing small tree (H 3-4m, W 2-3m) with long, fine, bright-green leaves and a weeping habit. Yellow pea flowers in profusion in late spring and summer.
Prefers a sheltered position in moist soils. Tolerates inundation. Uncommon on the Keilor-Werribee Plains but an excellent garden specimen.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Phragmites australis
Phragmites australis
Common Reed
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Russell Best

Tall reed (H 2-3m) with upright flowering stems to 3m tall and leaves to 0.8m long on the stems.
Very common plant of ephemeral waterways, lake edges, or depressions with poor drainage and regular inundation. Can spread vigorously, forming dense thickets. Probably best suited to the re-creation or revegetation of large ecosystems, or for providing dense habitat for waterbirds and frogs. Tolerates some salinity.

Dichelachne crinita
Dichelachne crinita
Long Hair Plume-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
John Edwards

A fine-leaved tussock grass (H 1m) with attractive, cream-coloured plumes on long stems.
Prefers a sunny position in moist soils. Summer watering will extend flowering. Very hardy. Self seeds readily.

Scutellaria humilis
Templetonia stenophylla
Leafy Templetonia
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Maree Goods

This sub-shrub (H prostrate-6Ocm W 60cm) has a few erect or trailing stems with widely spaced leaves. Pea flowers are creamy yellow with a brown centre. Rare on the Keilor-Werribee Plains, occurring naturally around the Melton area. Not well known in cultivation but grows naturally in a variety of situations from dry forest to open areas.

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