Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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

Caladenia dilatata
Caladenia dilatata
(Green-comb Spider-orchid)
Caleana major
Caleana major
(Flying Duck Orchid)
Calochilus robertsonii
Calochilus robertsonii
(Purplish Beard-orchid)
Diuris lanceolata
Diuris lanceolata
(Large Golden Moths)
Lyperanthus suaveolens
Lyperanthus suaveolens
(Brown Beaks)
Pterostylis grandiflora
Pterostylis grandiflora
(Cobra Greenhood)
Thelymitra nuda
Thelymitra nuda
(Plain Sun Orchid)

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

APS Victoria (@apsvic):

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

Monthly Meeting

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

June Monthly Meeting


Date: June 5th, 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:

July 3rd:Annual General Meeting
August 7th:
September 4th:
October 2nd:Spring Plant Table
November 6th:
December 4th:Christmas Break-up

News and Events


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.

Acacia provincialis
Acacia provincialis
formerly Acacia retinodes

Wirilda or Swamp Wattle
Photo: David Francis (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A fast-growing, upright or spreading shrub or small tree (H 4-6m, W 3-5m). Long narrow leaves. Clusters of pale yellow ball flowers in summer, flowering intermittently at other times. Occurs naturally in sheltered riparian zones. Generally limited to the drier parts of the catchment. It will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, in either full sun or semi-shade. May be short lived in cultivation, up to 10 years.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Pycnosorus globosus
Pycnosorus globosus
Photo: Thomas Nataprawira (CC BY 2.5 AU)

20 - A delightful plant (H 20—50cm, W 50—90cm) with silvery- green foliage and numerous large, yellow, ball-like flowerheads.
Prefers moist soils and tolerates periodic inundation. Full sun preferred. Best when mass planted.
It was once a common plant found along swamp margins but it is now extremely rare on the Western Plains.

Rytidosperma pallidum
Rytidosperma pallidum
(formerly Joycea pallida)

Red-Anther Wallaby-Grass
Photo: Kevin Sparrow (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Low, tussock-forming grass (H 30cm, stems to 1m W 40cm) with a tall stem and flowers with unusual, and striking, orange-red anthers in late spring or early summer.
Useful as an occasional plant in a rockery or mass-planting as the structural backbone in a wildflower garden of Wahlenbergia stricta, Xerochrysum viscosum and other erect wildflowers.

Leucochrysum albicans
Leucochrysum albicans
Hoary Sunray
Photo: Russell Best (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Bright yellow everlasting daisies (H 50cm W 60cm) contrast with the grey, woolly foliage to make a very attractive plant.
Prefers a rockery situation in sun or dappled shade. Not recorded on the Keilor Werribee plains for 140 years so possibly locally extinct. A different variety (var. tricolor) with white flowers is sold by some nurseries but this plant has not been recorded on the Keilor-Werribee Plains (it occurs on the plains in western Victoria).


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.

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