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: February 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 PM

"Lesser Known Plants for the Garden"
by Royce Raleigh
(Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants)

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: March 3rd, 2017

“Botanising Trip to the Tanami Desert”
by Trevor Blake (APS Keilor Plains)

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Royce and Jeanne Raleigh are members of Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants. They moved to Wartook in 1974 and established from a bare paddock into "Wartook Gardens", which contains a collection of 1000 species of Australian Plants and includes Ornamental Plant Collections Association (OPCA) official Victoria Hakea Collection. For the bird watchers, 115 species of birds has been sighted in the property.
They are a regular contributor to APS Vic newsletter "Growing Australian", with the article "Growing at Wartook Gardens", which describes some of the plants in the garden.


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)


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.

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.

Pimelea linifolia subsp. linifolia
Pimelea linifolia subsp. linifolia
Slender Rice-flower

A slender, erect shrub (height 1m, width 50cm) with terminal clusters of white flowers in late winter and spring. Requires well drained soil in full-sun or semi-shade.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Calystegia sepium
Calystegia sepium
Large Bindweed

A strong climber, with large, white, convolvulus-like flowers and large, arrow-shaped leaves. Grows in wetlands and riparian zones.

Themeda triandra
Themeda triandra
Kangaroo Grass

A large tussock (height 40cm-1m, width 50cm) with purple-green foliage in spring, turning a pale rusty colour over the summer months. Flower spikes with rusty- or gold-coloured seedheads in summer. Prefers an open position, in well drained soils.

Nicotiana suaveolens
Nicotiana suaveolens
Austral Tobacco

An erect, perennial plant (height 30cm-1m, width 50cm-1m) with a basal rosette of large, fleshy leaves and erect, branched stems. Numerous tubular, cream flowers from spring to autumn. Flowers are pleasantly fragrant in the evening. Prefers well-drained soils in escarpment shrubland.

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