Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

April Monthly Meeting has been Cancelled

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Monthly Meeting

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

April Monthly Meeting

"Monthly Meeting Cancelled"

Date: April 3rd, 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.)

Due to the current health situation with covid-19, Maribyrnong City Council has announced that the all city’s activities centres (including Raleigh Road Activity Centre) will be closed until at least mid April.

We hope that we’ll be able to reschedule a visit from Dr Rachael Fowler later this year.

If you would like to see a collection of Eremophila images, click this link to ANPSA Eremophila Study Group web page.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

May 1st:Dr. Luis Mata on "Pollinators"
June 5th:
July 3rd:Annual General Meeting
August 7th:
September 4th:
October 2nd:Spring Plant Table - No guest speaker
November 6th:
December 4th:Christmas Break-up

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.

Cassinia longifolia
Cassinia longifolia
Shiny Cassinia
Photo: Russell Best (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A fast-growing, rounded shrub (H 1.5-2m, W 1.5-2m), bearing masses of tiny white flowers, mostly in summer. The flowers and foliage are pleasantly aromatic. Most common and often abundant on sedimentary soils, although will occasionally grow on basalt soils in Grey Box Woodlands. Tolerates a sunny or semi-shaded aspect. Prune hard after flowering to maintain a bushy shape.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Bolboschoenus caldwellii
Bolboschoenus caldwellii
Marsh Club-Rush or Salt Club-Sedge
Photo: Coleen Miller (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Rush-like plant (H 30—90cm, W 1m) for boggy or swampy positions. Lime-green, triangular stems and small, golden flowering spikes in spring and summer.
Spreads via underground stems, which can also be used for propagation.
Water birds are attracted to the dense upright stems, using them for cover and nesting material.

Rytidosperma geniculatum
Rytidosperma geniculatum
(formerly Austrodanthonia geniculata)
Kneed Wallaby-Grass
Photo: David Francis (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A very decorative small tussock (H 15-20cm, stems 20-50cm) with fine, green leaves and dense, compact growth habit. Numerous, buff-coloured flowerheads in spring and summer.
Suitable for rockeries, containers, wildflower gardens and in lawns. Prefers full sun or light shade.

Dianella brevicaulis
Dianella brevicaulis
Small-Flower Flax-Lily or
Short-stem Flax-Lily
Photo: Thomas Nataprawira (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Forms a rounded tussock (H 3Ocm-1m W 5Ocm—2m with long, narrow, dark green, strap- like leaves. Blue flower spikes occur within the foliage.
Locally found mostly in coastal regions with some incursions along the waterways, often associated with rocky outcrops.
Prefers higher moisture levels than other Dianella species. Tolerates full sun and part shade.


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