Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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.)

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Solanum laciniatum
Solanum laciniatum
Large Kangaroo Apple
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Annemaree Docking

A fast-growing, rounded, soft woody shrub (H 2-3m W 2-3m). Dark green, lobed leaves. Attractive purple flowers with yellow centres in spring and summer, followed by orange-yellow fruit. The fruit is poisonous when not fully ripe. The seed is dispersed by birds, often resulting in self seeding. Rejuvenate by severe pruning. Usually short lived, 2-7 years. Prefers a sheltered position in well-drained soils. Similar species: Solanum aviculare - KANGAROO-APPLE; (H 1-2m, W 1-3m). Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Similar to Solanum laciniatum, but smaller and bearing darker, orange-red fruit.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Eleocharis acuta
Eleocharis acuta
Common Spike Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

Numerous green, slender stems (H 70cm, Spreading) with small, brown terminal spikes in summer. Spreads by rhizomes, often forming dense swards. Prefers regularly inundated areas or shallow water.
Similar species:
Eleocharis atricha TUBER SPIKE-RUSH
Eleocharis pallens PALE SPIKE-RUSH
Eleocharis pusilla SMALL SPIKE-RUSH

Carex breviculmis
Carex breviculmis
Short-Stem Sedge or Common Grass-Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

A vigorous sedge (H 15-30cm W 15-30cm) with fine foliage. Flowering stems are shorter than leaves. Prefers dry to moist soils and is commonly found among rocks of basalt or granite origin.

Calocephalus lacteus
Calocephalus lacteus
Milky Beauty Heads
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) abcd

A perennial (H 10—30cm W 10—30cm) with aromatic grey leaves. Creamy white flowers in summer. Provides nectar for butterflies. Most common in River Red Gum Woodlands.
Prefers moist soils in full sun or light shade.

Monthly Meeting

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

December Monthly Meeting

will be held on
December 7th, 2018, at 6:30pm.

Barbeque (from 6:30PM)
Members' Short Presentations (From 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 2019:

January :No monthly meeting.
February 1st:
March 1st:
April 5th:
May 3rd:
June 7th:
July 5th:
August 2nd:
September 6th:
October 4th:
November 1st:
December 6th:

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.


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 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.


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.

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

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