Linnaea 25: 388 (1853) APNI
Tree to 35 m tall; bark smooth, shedding in irregular plates, mottled white, yellow to orange, pink, grey and blue-grey. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for a few pairs then alternate, elliptic to orbicular, to 5.6 cm long, 9 cm wide, discolorous, dull, blue-green to green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, 8–17 cm long, 1.2–3.2 cm wide, discolorous, glossy and dark green above, paler below; reticulation dense, with obscure oil glands. Inflorescences borne on leafless sections of branches within the canopy, unbranched; peduncles to 2.2 cm long, 7–11-flowered; buds oblong, to 1.1 cm long, 0.5 cm diam., scar present; operculum short, hemispherical; stamens inflexed; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, oblong; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit pedicellate, urceolate or barrel-shaped, to 1.5 cm long, 1 cm diam., faintly ribbed; disc thin, descending; valves 3 or 4, deeply enclosed; seed light grey to brown, ovoid or compressed-ovoid, sometimes flanged, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Mar .
*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Native to south-eastern South Australia; also naturalised in WA. Widely planted throughout southern Australia as shade trees and wind breaks. Often self-establishes among and near plantations as well as grasslands on the Victorian Volcanic Plain.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|