Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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Monthly Meeting

The Group meets on the first Friday of the month, except January.
At the meeting, an informative topic will be presented by a guest speaker, a plant table will display native flowers grown by members and native plants for sale.
Visitors are most welcome to attend our meeting.
Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

September Monthly Meeting

"Victoria’s Volcanic Plains"

blisters, cones and tubes in western Victoria and their grassy ecosystems

by Guest Speaker
Michael Treanor

Date: September 6th, 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.)

Michael Treanor is the Parks Victoria waterways manager covering the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.
He was previously manager of the Royal National Park near Sydney.
He is also a member of APS Keilor Plains Group and the presentation will explore the volcanic plains and their unique geology and flora.

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.

Members Week-end Trip:
September 13th - 15th, 2019
North East Victoria
Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

October 4th:Spring Plant Table, No Guest Speaker.
November 1st:Paul Kennedy, topic: "Hakea"
December 6th:End of Year Meeting, No Guest Speaker.

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 arcuata
Cassinia sifton
Drooping Cassinia
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A fast-growing, rounded shrub (H 1-2m, W 1-1.5m). Small, dark green leaves and a profusion of small, golden brown flowers in summer and autumn. Suitable for most situations except very wet soils. A short-lived species that often self seeds. Crushed leaves and flowers produce a delightful curry scent.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Baumea Juncea
Baumea Juncea
Baumea Juncea
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Rush-like in appearance with greyish stems (H 30cm—1m). Spreads by rhizomes, often forming drifts.
Grows on moist river banks and will tolerate inundation to 50cm. Locally rare. Highly ornamental. Ideal plant for bog gardens.

Themeda triandra
Themeda triandra
Kangaroo Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Forms a large tussock (H 40cm-1m, W 50cm). Foliage is purple-green in spring, turning a pale rusty colour over the summer months. Flower spikes with rusty- or gold-coloured seedheads in summer. A warm season grass that grows mostly in spring and summer.
Prefers an open position, in well- drained soils. Spring and summer moisture will promote and extend flowering.
An iconic and dominant species throughout many grasslands and woodlands.

Thysanotus patersonii
Thysanotus patersonii
Twining Fringe-Lily
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

This virtually leafless plant (Climber/twiner) twines stealthily through other plants and is only noticed when the small but striking fringed flowers emerge in spring.
Dies back to the underground tuber in summer and regenerates late in autumn. Requires well-drained soil and something to twine around.


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!, also at our monthly meeting.

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.
- EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia.

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

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