Inga acrocephala is a tree with a dense, globoid crown; it can grow up to 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 120cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 22 metres[
The edible pods are harvested from the wild for local use. The tree also yields a colouring matter and a useful timber. It is sometimes planted as a shade tree in coffee plantations[
S. America - Brazil, Colombia, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico.
Rain forests, especially on slopes[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a position in partial shade[
]. Grows in the wild in clayey soils[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Fruit - raw[
]. The flesh surrounding the seeds is sweet and very tasty[
]. The somewhat curved seedpod is up to 28cm long and 4cm wide, containing about 20 seeds[
The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations in Mexico[
A blood-red resin exudes slowly from damage in the stems. It is used as a dye[
The wood is of fine quality. It is used for construction[
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