|Etymology||Genus||From a Sinhalese common name of the plant|
|Species||After the genus 'Ribes or Gooseberries', referring to the fruit.|
|Common Names||False Black Pepper, White-Flowered Embelia|
|Native Distribution||China, Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea|
Embelia ribes is a woody climber found commonly in our secondary forests. The oppositely arranged leaves are elliptic to narrowly obovate, hairless and leathery; with indistinct veins, and pale green undersides. The petioles are slightly twisted. The berries ripen to a red colour.
All parts of the climber are used for traditional medicine or food (Silk, 2009). "The fruits or seeds are used as a vermifuge. In East Kalimantan, the crushed fresh bark is used to repel leeches and as a fish poison. The young leaves, shoots and young fruits are consumed as a (cooked) vegetable or condiment. The ripe sour-sweet fruits are also eaten as a delicacy, mostly by children."
A sprawling cover of Embelia ribes at Kent Ridge Road (2020).
Neat opposite branching.
Pale green undersides of the leaves.
Slik JWF (2009 onwards) Plants of Southeast Asia. http://www.asianplant.net/Primulaceae/Embelia_ribes.htm.