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: March 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 PM

“Botanising Trip to the Tanami Desert”

by Trevor Blake (APS Keilor Plains)

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: April 7th, 2017

“Australian Native Plants Auction”

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Have you ever wondered what kinds of Flora can be found in Tanami Desert? Then come to our March Meeting. Trevor will give a talk about his expedition to this area and what native plants grow there.

Botanize or Botanise:
Study plants, especially in their natural habitat. (Definition in Oxford Dictionary)

Tanami Desert covers the central region of Northern Territory and a region of Western Australia, located north-west of Alice Springs.

Trevor Blake is a member of APS Keilor Plains Group. He had presented very informative talks on "Malvaceae Family" and "Saltbushes and Dry Arid Land Flora" to the group in the past.
He had illustrated many books about Australian Flora, and had travelled widely in Australia.


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)


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!

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.

Rhagodia parabolica
Rhagodia parabolica
Fragrant Saltbush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best

A low-growing, spreading shrub (height 1-2m, width 2m) with grey-green leaves. The insignificant flowers are followed by clusters of red berries in late spring and summer.
Prefers dry, well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade. Drought tolerant.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Eleocharis sphacelata
Eleocharis sphacelata
Tall Spike Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

Tall, robust, leafless, spike-like rush (Height 2m above water, width 2m) that grows in still or slow-moving freshwater up to 2m deep. Flowerhead just a few centimeters long at the tip of the spike.

Chloris truncata
Chloris truncata
Windmill Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Maree Goods

An attractive, tufted warm-season grass (height 30cm, width 1m) with decorative and characteristic windmill-shaped seedheads. The seedheads detach from the plant in summer and autumn when ripe and are dispersed by the wind. A common grass in Grasslands and Grey ox Woodlands.

Rhodanthe anthemoides
Rhodanthe anthemoides
Chamomile Sunray
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best

A perennial herb (height 30cm, width 30-60cm) with numerous stems with grey-green foliage and terminal, papery, white daisy flowers with yellow centres in spring. Summer water will extend flowering.
Grows naturally on sheltered escarpment in full sun. Prefers a sheltered aspect in moist, well-drained soils.

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