Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Some Orchid Photos taken by Members on Saturday/Week-end Group Trips.

Caladenia cucullata
Caladenia cucullata
(Hooded Caladenia)
Chiloglottis cornuta
Chiloglottis cornuta
(Green Bird-Orchid)
Calochilus robertsonii
Calochilus robertsonii
(Purplish Beard-orchid)
Diuris basaltica
Diuris basaltica
(Small Golden Moths Orchid)
Lyperanthus suaveolens
Lyperanthus suaveolens
(Brown Beaks)
Pterostylis grandiflora
Pterostylis grandiflora
(Cobra Greenhood)
Thelymitra rubra
Thelymitra rubra
(Salmon Sun Orchid)

For more orchid photos click here

Due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regretfully have to cancel all the group activities, (i.e. Monthly Meetings, Day Trips) in line with the State and Federal Government directives. For the latest update from Victorian Government, click here.
In the meantime, members can keep in touch by email or phone call, and connect/share on Facebook and Instagram:
On website: APS Keilor Plains Facebook, APS Keilor Plains Instagram and APS Victoria Facebook
For Smart Phone Users
Links to Facebook apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskp):

APS Victoria (@apsvic):

Links to Instagram Apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskeilorplains)
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Monthly Meeting

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

September Monthly Meeting

Due to Victorian State Government decision to stage 4 lock-down for the Melbourne Metropolitan Area,
the Monthly Meeting is cancelled.

Date: September 4th, 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.)


Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

October 2nd:Spring Plant Table
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.

Plant Sale

Neil Duncan is a member of APS Keilor Plains Group who grows a lot of interesting and Australian unusual plants for the garden.
You can order some of the plants on this list.
Just e-mail Neil and you can pick up plants or he can drop an order to you. Some are in short supply.
Email your order to neilduncan61@gmail.com .
Price: $3.50 each or 5 for $15. “


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.

Acacia pycnantha
Acacia pycnantha
Golden Wattle
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A fast-growing shrub or small tree (H 4-6m, W 3-5m) with large, glossy, bright green leaves. Bronze-coloured new growth is a feature. A profusion of large, scented, golden ball flowers in winter and spring. Prefers a sunny position in dry, well-drained soils. Often short lived in cultivation, growing for 7-10 years. Common on valley slopes and woodlands, where it can form a copse of slender stems.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Carex fascicularis
Carex fascicularis
Tassel Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Forms a dense tussock (H 1m, Spreading), with bright green foliage. The flower spikes dangle from long slender stems.
Prefers permanently wet soils in sun or semi-shade. Locally rare in the upper catchment area.

Austrostipa stipoides
Austrostipa stipoides
Prickly Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

An ornamental coastal plant, forming dense, prickly tussock (H to 1m, stems 1.5m, W 1m).
Prefers full sun in wet or dry soils.
Slow-growing. Ideal for massed plantings.

Vittadinia gracilis
Vittadinia gracilis
Woolly New-Holland Daisy
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

This hardy herbaceous plant (H 30cm W 30cm) has lovely lilac-purple daisy flowers with yellow centres in spring, summer and at odd times during the year. Flowers are followed by large, ornamental, fluffy seedheads. It has fine, upright branches and woolly grey hairs cover the leaves.
Suitable for full sun positions in well-drained soils. Mass plant for best effect.
Similar species: Vittadinia cuneata is not as woolly.


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.