Embelia ribes Burm.f., Fl. Indica 62 1768. (Syn: Embelia dentata Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. [Invalid]; Embelia garciniifolia Wall. ex Ridl.; Embelia glandulifera Wight; Embelia indica J.F.Gmel.; Embelia sumatrana Miq.; Ribesiodes garciniifolium (Miq.) Kuntze; Ribesiodes ribes (Burm. f.) Kuntze; Samara ribes (Burm. f.) Benth. & Hook. f. ex Kurz) as per Catalogue of Life;
China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Tibet, Cambodia, India, 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. It was originally described by Nicolaas Laurens Burman in his 1768 publication, Flora Indica.
It is widely distributed throughout India.
In Ayurveda, it is considered widely beneficial in variety of diseases and is also used in homeopathy. 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
From India Biodiversity Portal )
Plumbaginaceae and Primulaceae (inc. Myrsinaceae) Fortnight: Embelia ribes Burm.f. SN June03 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
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.
Combretum ovalifolium PLEASE VALIDATE :: Galibeedu, Madikeri :: 23 FEB 2017 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 5 images.
Madikeri Coorg, Karnataka
Date: 23 FEB 2017 … Average elevation: ~ 1117 m (3667 ft) asl
Combretum ovalifolium Roxb. … (family: Combretaceae)
Plumbaginaceae and Primulaceae (incl. Myrsinaceae) Fortnight: Embelia ribes from Arunachal Pradesh : 12 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (2).
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.
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).
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.
Flower closeups not clear !
May be from Lauraceae.
I tried checking Lauraceae, but could not place it.
Check with Erycibe paniculata
Pl verify – Embelia ribes
Yes, you are right as per images at
It appears as Embelia ribes