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: December 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 PM

"Members' Short Presentations"
by APS Keilor Plains' members

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: February 3rd, 2017

"TBA"
by a guest speaker


Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.


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Photos from APSKP Email Photo Gallery

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
(For future events go to Speaker/Event list)



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.

2015

Dec 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Members' Short Talks.
Nov 15:
from 10am: Featherhead Field Day at 295 Parwan Exford Road, Parwan
Debbie Reynolds will speak about featherheads (Ptilotus macrocephalus) and spiny rice flowers (Pimelea spinescens).
Nov 6:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Australian Carnivorous Plants by Peter Bloem.
Oct 2:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Spring Plant Tables.
Sep 18 - 20:
APS Keilor Plains weekend away.
Destination: Little Desert.
Sep 4:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Trevor Blake.
Topic: Saltbushes and a few other Dry Land Beauties.
Aug 7:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Maria Hitchcock from Coolnatives Nursery, Armadale..
Topic: Gardening with Correas
July 3:
APSKP Annual General Meeting.
Followed by Quiz (Quizmaster: John Upsher)
June 6 - 14:
Kuranga Native Nursery's winter plant sale. Location 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn 3796.
June 5:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Carolyn Blackman from Vivid Design.
Topic: General Approach to Garden Design
May 16:
Day trip to Brisbane Ranges and Vaughan's Australian Plants nursery in Teesdale. Meet at Airport West Uniting Church, Cnr Roberts Rd and Glenys av, Airport West. Leave at 9.30 am
May 8 (second Friday):
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: John Delpratt, horticultural scientist and seed technologist.
Topic: Grasslands plants.
May 3:
The APSKP Email Photo Gallery has been upgraded and is operational.
May 2:
APS Keilor Plains will set up a stall to sell native plants at The East Keilor-Airport West Uniting Church Community Fair. (10 am - 3 pm)
Location: Cnr. Roberts Rd. and Glenys Av., Airport West
April 10 (second Friday):
Monthly Meeting and Plants Auction
March 14:
Members' Saturday trip to Serendip Sanctuary and Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre. Contact Anne for further information.
February 22:
APS Keilor Plains will set up a stall at Moonee Valley Festival (Queens Park, Moonee Ponds, 10am-5pm)


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Our Book
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.

Trees/Shrubs
Maireana decalvans
Maireana decalvans
Common Bluebush

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.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Triglochin procera
Triglochin procera
Water Ribbons

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.

Grasses/Tussocks
Poa labillardierei
Poa labillardierei
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.

Wildflowers/Climbers
Leiocarpa panaetioides
Leiocarpa panaetioides
Woolly Buttons

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.


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