Inga alata is a tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
S. America - Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Riverine forest and/or gallery forest, terra firme forest, inundated forest.
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 white pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten[
The sap from the grated and pressed bark is used to soothe mouth sores (including thrush and other buccal dermatoses) of infants[
The leaves contain flavonols, particularly heterosides of myricetol[
The wood of Inga species is generally attractive, but it has a coarse texture, is susceptible to attack by dry-wood termites and is not durable in the soil[
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