DrumsticksBroad-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius) Narrow-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius)

The Broad-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius) belong to a group of plants known commonly as “drumsticks”, which comes from the shape of the fruiting cone.

Broad-leaf Drumsticks grows to 2 m high. Re-sprouts after fire from a lignotuber.

Broad-leaved Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Broad-leaved Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius), NSW

Leaves
flat and about 5-10 cm long, usually divided into 3 segments, again divided and lobed near tip. The younger leaves become red in the cooler months.

Flower
rounded flower heads terminating the branches. Yellow, in terminal sessile rounded heads about 4 cm in diameter. Flowers in spring and summer. Rounded fruit/cone found on the shrub at all times of the year, measuring up to 2 cm across. The common name “drumsticks” is in reference to the cone.

Found
occurs on coast and tablelands in New South Wales, south-eastern Queensland and eastern Victoria. Usually on sandstone, but also on granite in heath to dry sclerophyll forest. Related to Grevilleas and Banksias.

Broad-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius), NSW

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Subphylum: Angiospermae
  • Class: Magnoliosida
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Subfamily: Proeoideae
  • Tribe: Leucadendreae
  • Subtribe: Isopogoninae
  • Genus: Isopogon
  • Species: Isopogon anemonifolius

DrumsticksBroad-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius) Narrow-leaf Drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius)

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