Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Monthly Meeting

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

February Monthly Meeting

"a Virtual Tour of the Teesdale Grassy Woodland
Designing Gardens for Wildlife"
by Guest Speaker
Stephen Murphy
(member of Australian Landcare)

Date: February 7th, 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.)

Stephen Murphy is a member of Australian Landcare since 1989.
For information about his background, click this link.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

March 6th:
April 3rd:
May 1st:
June 5th:
July 3rd:
August 7th:
September 4th:
October 2nd:
November 6th:
December 4th:

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 paradoxa
Acacia paradoxa
Hedge Wattle
Photo: Chris Clarke(CC BY 2.5 AU)

A dense, thorny shrub (H 2m, W 2-3m) with small dark-green leaves. Large, ornamental, golden-yellow ball flowers in profusion during spring. Suitable for most situations in well-drained soils. An excellent bird habitat plant, often used as a replacement for boxthorn in revegetation works. Avoid planting near pathways because of thorns.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Typha domingensis
Typha domingensis
Typha domingensis
Photo: Kevin Sparrow(CC BY 2.5 AU)

Tall reed (H 1-2m) with large, bullrush-like flower spikes.
Occurs along ephemeral waterways, lake edges or depressions receiving regular inundation. Can spread vigorously and reduce the holding capacity of dams. This plant is regarded as a pest in irrigation channels but is an important and attractive plant in the right situation.
A significant Koorie plant with many uses.
Similar species: Typha orientalis (Broad-leaf Cumbungi) has wider leaves and is taller.

Poa sieberiana
Poa sieberiana
Grey Tussock-Grass
Photo: Giorgio de Nola(CC BY 2.5 AU)

Forms a small tussock (H 40cm, W 40cm), with fine grey-green leaves. Loose green or purplish flowerheads are held above the foliage.
Prefers dry, well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade.
Occurs naturally in grasslands- and woodlands. Ideal for rockeries or planting under eucalypts.

Calotis scapigera
Calotis scapigera
Tufted Burr Daisy
Photo: Russell Best(CC BY 2.5 AU)

A vigorous groundcover (H 10—20cm W Spreading) with numerous white daisy flowers on stems held above the foliage in spring and summer. Spreads by sending out runners, which root at the nodes.
Prefers a moist, sunny position in heavy basalt soils. Once common in gilgals and drainage lines on the plains.
Similar species: Calotis scabiosifolia, which has pale mauve-to-white flowers and a basal rosette of large-toothed leaves. All Calotis species are locally rare.


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 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.


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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