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I. cuneatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Isopogon
R.Br. ex Knight
Type species
Isopogon anemonifolius

35 spp.

Isopogon anethifolius, Maranoa Gardens

Isopogon is a genus of 35 species of mainly low-growing and prostrate perennial shrubs in the family Proteaceae endemic to Australia. They are found throughout Australia, though Western Australia has the greatest variety with 27 of the 35 species found there. They are popularly known as drumsticks due to the shape of their inflorescences.

Several species are grown in gardens, though they are nowhere near as well known or cultivated as their fellow Proteaceae members Grevillea or Banksia.


They are members of the subfamily Proteoideae (which includes South African genera such as Protea, Leucospermum & Leucadendron), within the Proteaceae.


Isopogon have 13 haploid chromosomes.[1]



  1. ^ Ramsay, H. P. (1963). "Chromosome numbers in the proteaceae". Australian Journal of Botany 11: 1. doi:10.1071/BT9630001.  edit
  • Foreman, DB (1995). "Isopogon". In McCarthy, Patrick (ed.). Flora of Australia: Volume 16: Eleagnaceae, Proteaceae 1. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study. pp. 194–223. ISBN 0-643-05693-9.