Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Some Pimelea Photos taken by Members on Saturday/Week-end Group Trips.

Pimelea octophylla
Pimelea flava
(Yellow Rice-flower)
Pimelea linifolia
(Slender Rice-flower)
Pimelea spinescens
(Spiny Rice-flower)
Pimelea Glauca
(Smooth Rice-flower)
Pimelea microcephala
(Mallee Rice-flower)
Pimelea linifolia
(Slender Rice-flower - pink form)

For more orchid photos click here

Due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regretfully have to cancel all the group activities, (i.e. Monthly Meetings, Day Trips) in line with the State and Federal Government directives. For the latest update from Victorian Government, click here.
In the meantime, members can keep in touch by email or phone call, and connect/share on Facebook and Instagram:
On website: APS Keilor Plains Facebook, APS Keilor Plains Instagram and APS Victoria Facebook

Monthly Meeting

Visitors are welcome to attend our meeting. Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

October Monthly Meeting

Due to Victorian State Government restriction,
the Monthly Meeting is cancelled.

Date: October 2nd, 2020, 8PM
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

(The reference map can be found here.)

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

November 6th:
December 4th:Christmas Break-up

News and Events

For Smart Phone Users
Links to Facebook apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskp):
APS Victoria (@apsvic):

Links to Instagram Apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskeilorplains)


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.


On November 16th, 2019, our member, Chris Clarke presented "Flora of the Western Plains" at a “Nature Stewards” course at Melton.

Check out Chris' beautiful and informative presentation (in PDF format) here.

Selection of Plants from the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'
(tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Cryptandra amara
Cryptandra amara
Bitter Cryptandra
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A wiry, rounded shrub or groundcover (H 50cm, W 50-100cm), with small, dark- green leaves on stiff branches. Clusters of small white flowers in winter and spring. Flowers sometimes fade to pink. Prefers a sunny or lightly shaded situation in well-drained sedimentary soils. Slow-growing. A highly ornamental species suited to rockeries or containers. Self seeds after fires.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Myriophyllum crispatum
Myriophyllum crispatum
Upright Water-Milfoil
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

An ornamental aquatic plant (H 25—60cm, W spreading) with whorls of soft, fine leaves. Suitable for full sun and light shade. Accepts drying out once established. Flowers insignificant.
It is very common in waterways on the Basalt Plains. Prefers shallow, slow-moving water.
Myriophyllum simulans is a similar but less common species.

Lomandra nana
Lomandra nana
Dwarf, Small or
Pale Mat-Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A very small, tufting plant (5cm, W 10-20cm) with fine bluish-green leaves and spikes of creamy flowers hidden in the foliage in spring early summer. Forms a compact tussock.
Prefers well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade.Ideal for rockeries or containers.

Wurmbea dioica
Wurmbea dioica
Early Nancy
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A plant (H 30cm) with showy white flowers — either male or female — that have a circular, purple band near the centre of the flower, distinguishing it from Milkmaids, a similar plant.
Best planted in a sunny, well-drained position with little competition from other plants. Will thrive in a container. Dies back to a fleshy tuber in summer and reshoots in autumn.


Come and join us to learn and share the knowledge of the local indigenous flora of Keilor Plains and Australian Flora in general. More information can be found in Membership Info page.

Benefits to member:
  • Organized trips to Native flora reserves and garden.
    • A day trip on Saturday every second month.
    • A week-end trip to visit an area in Victoria in Spring (September or October).
    • A four-day trip to the Alpine areas in Summer (end of January) every second year.
  • Quarterly Newsletter and APS Victoria "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS Victoria Book Sale.
  • Optional subscription to ANPSA "Australian Plants" magazine.

About Us

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. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.

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

Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


We can also be found in Facebook and Instagram.

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.


Plant Info/Guide


A list of useful informations in APS VIC Plant Info page:
(Click this link to go to the webpage.)

- Growing Australian Native Plants
- Garden Design
- Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage
- Pruning Australian Native Plants
- Best Time to Plant Australian Natives
- How to Select the Right Plant
- Australian Native Plants Guide
- Fire Resistant and Retardant Plants
- Drought Tolerant Native Plants
- Soil Types in Victoria
- Rejuvenating an Old Garden
- Low Water Usage Gardening
- Gardens Featuring Australian Plants

A list of useful informations in ANPSA Plant Guides pages.
(Click this link to go to the website.)

- Common Genera & Families
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Plant Propagation
- Native Plant Nurseries
- Seed Suppliers
- Where to see Australian Plants
- Plant Name Changes
- Plants at Risk
- Plants for Fire Risk Areas
- Native & Exotic Weeds
- Articles on Australian Plants

Useful Links

Some Useful links to identify Native Flora:
- Vic Flora On-Line
- KeyBase of Flowering plants of Australia
- Wattle On-Line
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.
- Australian Peas
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.