Tree to 60 m tall; bark smooth, white, grey, yellowish, sometimes pink or green. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many pairs, orbicular, to 5 cm long and wide, pale green, more or less glaucous growing tips; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, usually undulate, 10–21 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, concolorous, usually glossy and green (rarely dull grey-green); reticulation dense, with scattered, often obscure, oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 0.8 cm long, 3-flowered; buds shortly pedicellate, ovoid, to 0.8 cm long, 0.5 cm diam., scar present; operculum conical; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit shortly pedicellate, cupular, obconical or hemispherical, to 0.8 cm long, 0.9 cm diam.; disc slightly ascending to annular; valves 3(4), slightly exserted; seed brown to blackish, flattened-ellipsoid, shallowly reticulate, lacunose, hilum ventral. Flowers Mar.–May.
CVU, EGU, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. In Victoria east from Daylesford through the Great Dividing Range to the Nunniong Plateau and Bendock. A stately tree of mountain forests over a wide altitudinal range. At its upper altitudinal limit, it may be a small tree growing with E. pauciflora, and on the eastern part of the Nunniong Plateau, with the rare, localised E. elaeophloia and E. forresterae.
A form with greyish rather than green adult leaves and fruit at the upper end of the size range for the species has been noted (often with the typical green-leaved form) at a few sites in the subalps (e.g. near Falls Creek, Mt Buffalo, Mt Tamboritha area, Nunniong Plateau). It is of uncertain taxonomic status. It has variously been called E. aff. dalrympleana (Howmans Gap) and E. dalrympleana subsp. Howmans Gap (N.G.Walsh 5293). Further research is required to establish the most appropriate rank (if any) of this variant.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|