China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Tibet, Cambodia,
, Laos, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Java,
peninsular Malaysia (throughout), Bhutan, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Singapore, Borneo,
Sumatra, Nepal, Bangladesh
as per Catalogue of Life;

Embelia ribes (Devnagari : विडंग, Gujarati : ‘વાવડીંગ’ ), commonly known as False Black Pepper, White-flowered Embelia, Vidanga, Vaividang, or Vai Vidang, is a species in the Myrsinaceae.[1] It was originally described by Nicolaas Laurens Burman in his 1768 publication, Flora Indica.[2]

It is widely distributed throughout India.
In Ayurveda, it is considered widely beneficial in variety of diseases[3] and is also used in homeopathy.[4] In India, it is one of the widely and commonly used Ayurvedic herbs.
(From  Wikipedia on 15.6.14)

Climbers; branchlets slender, white, without lenticellate. Leaves to 7 x 3 cm, elliptic, acute at both ends; nerves many, parallel, faint; petiole 1 cm long. Panicles 15 x 15 cm, glabrous, branches long, slender racemose; pedicels 1.5 cm long. Flowers white, many; sepals small, triangular, tomentose; petals 2 mm long, ovate, acute, densely tomentose. Berry 2.5 mm across, globose.
Flowering and fruiting: March-August
Semi-evergreen, evergreen and shola forests
Indo-Malesia and South China
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi




Embelia ribes Burm.f, climbing shrub from Gudalur area of Ooty, wild, in vegetative condition,
it is an important medicinal plant Baibidang, fruits of this is used in Indian medicine.

Thanks, …, for all the wonderful uploads.



Madikeri Coorg, Karnataka
Date: 23 FEB 2017 … Average elevation: ~ 1117 m (3667 ft) asl 
Combretum ovalifolium Roxb. … (family: Combretaceae)   

Embelia ribes


Picture of Embelia ribes– Flowering and fruiting from Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.

Beautiful!! Never seen the ripen fruits

The photograph showing the pink fruits is Embelia basal

… may be right, the fruits of E. ribes are green when young, black when ripe. The two species often seem to be confused. Here is an important paper that should help.

Why not E. viridiflora. Otherwise it is E. basaal.

Yes pink color fruit if Embelia bassal and with inflorescence is Embelia ribes. I stand corrected.

I feel that … correctly labeled both the pictures in the post. The fruit of Embelia ribes are red before turning black.
If the leaves in the first picture belong to the same plant, they are definitely not Embelia basaal.

efi page on Embelia ribes 

Please refer to Flora of China and Forest Flora of Bombay Presidency and Sind by W. A. Talbot regarding details of fruit. ie size of panicles and colour.

E. basaal and E. viridiflora are quite different in appearance.



Climber ID from Bangladesh SM016: 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1). Habit: Climber
Habitat: Hill
Location: Sylhet
Flowering:  March
Photo taken: march, 2008

It is not clear that the obscurely visible climber in the picture and the plant with pink flowers are same or not. To me they look different and the flowering plant may be a species of Osbeckia sp. (Melastomaceae). However, the picture is not sufficient to resolve ID.

Thanks for your reply. Pinkish one is different form this one. I am attached here with  2 pictures where one is closeup

check for Embelia ribes Burm.f. others are 1) cf. Lantana camara pink yellow flower), 2) cf. Merremia umbellata (white)

May be Embelia floribunda Wall. as per

Looks like Enbelia ribes too..

Thanks, …, But to me inflorescence looks different in Embelia ribes

Following keys from Flora of Bhutan at Embelia, it is more closer to Embelia ribes Burm.f.


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