Woody climber with twining stems. Simple alternate elliptical to obovate leathery leaves 8cm long by 4cm wide with acute tips; glabrous shoots

“Leaves with translucent or opaque dots scattered evenly over the surface” (Williams and Harden)

Distinct zig-zag pattern in branchlets. Brown or green-white flowers on axillary racemes from September to November. Globular red fruits in small clusters from March to May.

Found in rainforest from NE NSW to NE Qld.

Excellent plant for domestic gardens. Bird attracting fruits.

Photo: Robert Whyte


Embelia is common, but commonly suffocated by exotics. When it is rescued, it does well.

Photo: Robert Whyte