Tree to 40 m tall; bark smooth, white to pale grey, pink or cream, usually even in colour. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for a few pairs then alternate, ovate to lanceolate, some peltate, to 21 cm long, 8 cm wide, discolorous, early leaves hairy; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, 7–22 cm long, 0.6–2.2 cm, concolorous, glossy, green; with regular, wide-angled pinnate side veins; reticulation very dense, with island oil glands, lemon-scented when crushed. Inflorescences compound in axils of upper leaves; peduncles to 1 cm long, 3-flowered; buds pedicellate, ovoid, to 1 cm long, 0.7 cm diam., scar absent; operculum rounded, conical or slightly beaked; stamens inflexed; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 5 indistinct vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit pedicellate, urceolate or barrel-shaped, to 1.5 cm long, 1.2 cm diam.; disc descending, lining tube; valves deeply enclosed; seeds glossy, red-brown, flattened-elliptic, often keeled on dorsal side, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Jun.
*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *NIS, *VVP. Native to northern New South Wales and Queensland, widely cultivated, occasionally reported as naturalised in ‘managed’ landscapes (e.g. mown roadsides). .
Closely related to C. maculata, see note under that species.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|