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'

Change of Meeting Venue

From September 2016, the APS Keilor Plains Group monthly meeting will be held at
Main Hall, Raleigh Road Activity Centre (ex RSL Club)
54 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong Vic 3032
Melway Map 28 Ref B8

Transport MapPublic Transport Information:
Tram: There are two tram services running along Raleigh Road (tram stop 43):
Route 82: Footscray Railway Station (Leeds Street) to Moonee Ponds Junction.
Route 57: Flinders Street Station (Elizabeth Street) to West Maribyrnong (Central Park Ave/Cordite Ave, Maribyrnong).

Bus: There is only one Bus service: (There is no service after 9 PM)
Route 468: Highpoint Shopping Centre to Essendon Railway Station (Rose Street)

Car Parking Information:
There are 25 car parking spots in the Centre, and 36 in Hortense Street.

Monthly Meeting
Note: It is on the second Friday of September

Date: September 9th, 2016 at 8:00 PM

"Wilds of Westernport Bay Area"
A slide show
followed by
Q and A with an expert panel
to answer audience's questions

Venue: Main Hall, Raleigh Road Activity Centre (ex RSL Club)
Address: 54 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong Vic 3032
Melway Map 28 Ref B8

Next Meeting: October 7th, 2016

"Spring Plant tables"
by Members of APS Keilor Plains

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.


For information on upcoming events (District Group Plant Sale, Seminar and other events) in Victoria,  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)


September 9:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Wilds of Westernport Bay"
September 2 - 4:
APS Keilor Plains Annual Week-End Trip.
Westernport Bay Area.
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.


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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Dean Nicolle
Director and head of research at Currency Creek Arboretum (a specialist eucalypt arboretum), in South Australia
has been invited by our group to talk about
in our November meeting.
Link to his website

Our 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 or tap the picture for more information.

Hakea decurrens subsp. physocarpa
Hakea decurrens subsp. physocarpa

Bushy Needlewood

A straggly, erect or spreading shrub (height 2-3m, width 1-3m)with stiff, narrow pointed leaves. Masses of scented, white or occasionally pink flowers in winter and early spring. Suitable in full sun or semi-shade in well-drained soils.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Persicaria decipiens
Persicaria decipiens

Slender Knotweed

A large plant (height 40cm, width 1-1.5m) with long green leaves, with brown or black blotches. Attractive small pink flower spikes in summer and autumn. Grows in sun to full shade and can be partially inundated with water, but vulnerable to drought conditions.

Juncus subsecundus
Juncus subsecundus

Finger Rush

Plant (height 60-90cm, width 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 the flower stem. Tolerates dry periods once established.

Geranium sp. 1
Geranium sp. 1

Large-Flowered Crane's-Bill

Attractive plant (height 30cm, width 1m) with large Geranium leaves and large, pale pink or deep pink flowers from spring to autumn in good conditions.

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