Woody climber with twining stems. Simple alternate elliptical to obovate leathery leaves 8 cm long by 4 cm wide with acute tips; glabrous shoots. Leaves with translucent or opaque dots scattered evenly over the surface (Williams and Harden). Distinct zigzag 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 north-east NSW to north-east Queensland. Excellent plant for domestic gardens. Bird attracting fruits.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage

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

Photo: Robert Whyte