Petrophile-sessilis.JPG (47259 bytes)Petrophile sessilis: is a member of the Proteaceae family. The general common name of the genus is Conesticks and refers to the shape woody fruits.
Petrophile sessilis is a shrub that will reach a height of three metres. Young shoots are pubescent (covered in soft, short, weak hairs). Adult leaves are carried at right angles to the stem and end in a stiff, sharp point. Cream-yellow flowers are carried in heads in summer. After flowering, oblong cones develop. The cones are an attractive feature of this Conestick.
Petrophile sessilis occurs on the coast and tablelands, south of Sydney .
Intermediates between this species and Petrophile pulchella occur when their populations overlap.
The specimen illustrated is growing in Mount Alexandra Reserve, near Mittagong on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales in company with Petrophile pulchella.
Petrophile sessilis could be grown as a component of a native shrubbery or native hedgerow.
There are about 53 Petrophile species. They are all native to Australia . Western Australia is home to 47 species.
Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.