Description from Flora of China
Embelia fordii (Hemsley) Mez.
Shrubs 30-60 cm tall, stoloniferous. Stems rusty scaly and puberulent when young. Petiole ca. 3 mm; leaf blade elliptic-lanceolate or oblanceolate, 2.4-5.5 × 1-1.6 cm, papery, glabrous, rusty scaly abaxially, base cuneate to subrounded, margin entire, apex obtuse or acuminate; lateral veins numerous, marginal vein evident. Inflorescences terminal on specialized lateral branches 6-9 cm, umbellate, few flowered, rusty scaly; bracts 2, lanceolate, minute, inserted at base of pedicel. Flowers pink, ca. 4 mm. Pedicel slender, ca. 7 mm. Sepals ovate, ca. 1.5 mm, punctate, ± minutely scaly, margin ciliate, apex acute or subrounded. Petals broadly ovate, ca. 4 mm, glabrous, punctate, apex acute. Stamens ca. 1.5 mm; anthers ovate, acute, apiculate, not punctate on back. Pistil shorter than petals; ovary glabrous, punctate; ovules ca. 5, uniseriate. Fruit dark red, globose, ca. 5-7(-9) mm in diam., sparsely scaly, punctate, smooth, not ribbed. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Oct-Dec.
It is possible that specimens of A. fordii actually represent seedlings of A. quinquegona with precocious flowers, but because no field data are available, they are treated as distinct pending further studies.
* Evergreen broad-leaved forests, hillsides, valleys, along streams, damp and dark places; 100-800 m. Guangdong, Guangxi