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.)

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Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. connata
Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. connata
Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. connata
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A medium-sized tree (H 8-15m, W 6-15m), with smooth cream and grey trunk with persistent, rough, basal bark and an open canopy with cream flowers in autumn and winter. A hardy species that prefers dry, well-drained sedimentary soils. Does not grow naturally on basalt soils on the Keilor Werribee Plains.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Persicaria decipiens
Persicaria decipiens
Persicaria decipiens
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A large plant (H 40cm, W 1-1.5m) suitable for large ponds or water features, it has vigorous, spreading growth and long, green leaves, often with black or brown blotches.
In summer and autumn the stems are topped with attractive small pink flower spikes. Grows in sun to full shade and can be partially inundated with water but vulnerable to drought conditions.

Juncus subsecundus
Juncus subsecundus
Finger Rush
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Plant (H 60-90cm W 20cm) comprises a tuft of slender, erect, leaf-like flower stems that are circular in cross-section (2mm diameter).
Flowers and seeds in branching clusters towards the end of each flower stem.
There are about 20 Juncus species occurring on the plains and most grow in wet environments. Juncus subsecundus is an exception and tolerates dry periods once established.

Leptorhynchos tenuifolius
Leptorhynchos tenuifolius
Wiry Buttons
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A small button daisy (H 30cm W 20—50cm) with narrow, dark green leaves on wiry, branched stems. The small, yellow flowerheads are held high above the foliage. A very ornamental species, flowering from spring to early autumn.
Tolerates most basalt soils or dry, gravelly sedimentary soils. Full sun or light shade. Very hardy. Best planted in drifts. Ideal for containers.

Monthly Meeting

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

April Monthly Meeting

"Australian Native Plants Auction"

Date: April 5th, 2019, 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.)

Some Members of APS Keilor Plains Group will donate Australian native plants (the sizes range from small tube-stocks to larger pots) to be auctioned at the meeting.
Visitors are welcome to join in and bid.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

May 3rd:
June 7th:
July 5th:
August 2nd:
September 6th:
October 4th:
November 1st:
December 6th:
January :No monthly meeting.

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.


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.

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

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