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


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.

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

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

FloraFlora in Australia Flora Index Acacia Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paws) Annual Yellowtop Apium prostratum subsp. prostratum var filiforme Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Australian Bluebell Australian Gossypium Banksia Batswing Coral Tree Billy Buttons Birdsville Indigo Blue Pincushion Bush Banana Callistemon Callitris drummondii (Drummond’s Cypress Pine) Calothamnus quadrifidus Cape Honeysuckle Cassia fistula (Golden Shower) Cattle Bush Common Heath Crotalaria Darwinia wittwerorum (Wittwer’s Mountain Bell) Daviesia oppositifolia (Rattle-pea) Desert Oaks Drumsticks Eremophila Eucalyptus Ficus Flannel Cudweed (Actinobole uliginosum) Georges Indigo Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting Goodenia Gossypium Grass and Grasses Grass Trees Grevillea Grey Germander Hakea Kapok Bush (Aerva javanica) Lambertia sp Leptospermum MacDonnell Ranges Cycad Maireana scleroptera Mexican Poppy Minnie Daisy Mistletoe Family Nardoo Native Apricot Nicotiana megalosiphon subspecies sessilifolia Nuytsia floribunda Orange Spade Flower Orchidaceae Parakeelyas (Calandrinia) Pebble Bush (Stylobasium spathulatum) Perennial Yellow Top Pink Everlasting Pink Rock Wort Poached Egg Daisy Portulaca Proteaceae Ptilotus Quandong Resurrection Fern Rosy Dock Ruby Saltbush Santalum Solanum Spike Centaury Spinifex Storkbill (Erodum cygnorum) Striped Mint Bush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tall Saltbush Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Tribulus eichlerianus Upside-down Plant Urodon dasyphylla Variable Daisy Waratah (Telopea) Wertabona Daisy White Cedar (Melia azedarach) White Indigo White Paper Daisy Wild Passionfruit Wild Stock Woolly-Headed Burr Daisy Woolly Bush Yellow-keeled Swainsona