Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group



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.

Trees/Shrubs
Daviesia ulicifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia
Gorse Bitter-Pea
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Linley McGlashan

An open, erect shrub (H 1.5m) with stiff, dull green linear leaves. Clusters of red and yellow pea flowers in spring are followed by ornamental opaque red-brown seed pods
Prefers dry, well-drained sedimentary soils in Yellow Gum woodlands.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Pycnosorus globosus
Pycnosorus globosus
Drumsticks
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Thomas N.

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.

Grasses/Tussocks
Austrostipa mollis
Austrostipa mollis
Soft or Supple Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) James Booth

Forms a small, erect tussock (H 30cm, stems to 1.5m) with large, dense flowerheads on robust stems in spring and early summer.
Prefers dry, well-drained, gravelly soils, in sun or semi-shade. Often occurring naturally as monocultures in large drifts. Very drought tolerant.

Wildflowers/Climbers
Acrotriche serrulata
Acrotriche serrulata
Honey Pots
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)Lorraine Phelan

A dense, prickly, prostrate plant (H 30cm, W 1m) with insignificant flowers borne deep in the plant on old wood.
The flowers form with a translucent swollen base containing a very sweet liquid that tastes like treacle.
Not widely grown in the garden and almost exclusively used as a novelty food plant.



Monthly Meeting

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


September Monthly Meeting

will be held on
September 1st, 2017, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: Kevin Sparrow
(APS Warrnambool & District)

Topic: "Plants of the Great Southwest"


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.)

Kevin Sparrow joined APS Warrnambool & District Group in 1989, and is currently the president of the group. He is the co-author of the 2nd edition of the book "Plants of the great South West: a guide to the indigenous plants of South West Victoria", which was published by the Warrnambool & District group in 2013. The pdf files from the book and planting guides can be found in the group website.

In June 2015, he was nominated for and won an " Environmental Achievers Award" at the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Landcare Awards in Hamilton. Went on to represent the region at the 2015 Victorian Landcare Awards where he received a "Commended Award" at Government House in Melbourne.
In October, APS Keilor Plains Group is going to Portland area for its annual week-end trip, and Kevin will talk about the flora of the region in our September meeting.



Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting:

October 6th:Rhys Freeman (member of Prom Country Bushfoods Association)
Topic: “Bush Food Plants”
November 3rd:Spring Plant Table, No Guest Speaker.
December 1st:Quiz, No Guest Speaker.

News and Events


EVENT CALENDAR from APS Victoria


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


2017

December 1st:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
BBQ, Book Sales and "Quiz"
November 10th: Saturday Day Trip.
November 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Spring Plant Table"
October 12th - 15th: 4-days Weekend-Trip to Portland.
October 6th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Rhys Freeman
Topic: “Bush Food Plants”
September 8th: Saturday Day Trip.
September 1st:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Sparrow
Topic: “Plants of the Great South West”
August 4th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Phil Vaughan
Topic: “Growing Australian Plants”
July 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by
Guest Speaker: Nicky Zanen
Topic: “TBA”
June 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Sally Lambourne
Topic: “Environmental Weeds in S.E. Australia”
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"

2016

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.

Book


Membership

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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS VIC Book Sale.

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'

Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


More....

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.

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Plant Info/Guide

(APS VIC and ANPSA)

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
- Fungi Down Under On-Line
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.



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