Drumsticks

The Isopogon anethifolius and Isopogon anemonifolius also commonly known as Drumsticks are related to Grevilleas and Banksias. The name Drumsticks which come from the shape of the fruiting cones.

The shrub is between 1 and 3 metres high, with an upright growth (with mostly vertical stems). It has a taller growth in sheltered areas, being shorter in more exposed areas. The ones depicted found growing in the Blue Mountains escarpments.

The globular shaped flower heads, known as inflorescences, appear at the ends of branches. The flower itself terminate the fairly rigid branches. With leaves that are typical of the Proteaceae family, deeply divided with long, flat segments. They usually are found flowering in spring and early summer (September to December), although can be seen flowering at other times of the year.

There are about 35 known Isopogon species in Australia, with the majority (27 species) found occurring in Western Australia.

Isopogon is from the Greek words isos meaning ‘equal’ and pogon meaning ‘beard’, alluding to the hairy flowers/fruits of some species.

Narrow-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius)

The following images are of the Narrow-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius).

Narrow-leaf Drumsticks occurs on central and southern coast and tablelands, in heath or open forest and often on sandstone in New South Wales. They can be seen growing on the sandstone regions of the Blue Mountains.

Leaves
terete, 4-15 cm long, divided into slender segments that usually point up.

Flower
yellow, in terminal sessile rounded heads about 4 cm in diameter. Flowers in winter and spring. The common name “drumsticks” is in reference to the rounded cone, measuring about 2.5 cm across.

Found
occurs on central and southern coast and tablelands, in heath or open forest and often on sandstone in New South Wales. These images were photographed on Mount Blackheath in the Blue Mountains region.

Images © Ausemade PL


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Genus: Isopogon
  • Species: I. anethifolius
  • Binomial name: Isopogon anethifolius