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.
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'
Photos from APSKP Email Photo Gallery
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.)
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An erect or low-spreading bush (height 30-50cm, width 50cm-1m) with small succulent leaves. Insignificant green flowers in spring followed in summer by green fruit with ornamental pink wings surrounding it. Very hardy. Thrives in a range of situations. Prefers heavy soils.
An attractive plant with long leaves that grow and float on top of water. In Spring and summer, green flower spikes with a raceme of white flowers emerge from the water. The plant oxygenates the water.
Common Tussock Grass
A large tussock (height 1m, width 1m) with long, green or blue-green leaves that dry to a straw colour. Plume-like flowerheads in spring and summer. Numerous silky flowerheads in summer to autumn. Prefers an open position in moist, well-drained soils.
A small, spreading plant (height 40cm, width 80cm) with soft, fine, grey leaves and a profusion of small, yellow flowerheads on stem held above the foliage. Flowers mostly in spring and summer. Prefers a sunny position in well-drained soils.