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Useful Tropical Plants

Inga barbourii

Standl.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Inga tenuipedunculata J.León

Common Name:

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General Information

Inga barbourii is a tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The bole can be 40cm in diameter[
705
Title
Studies of Central American Plants Vols. 1 - 7
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.; Steyermark J.A.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions and notes on a range of plants from Central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Planted as shade tree for coffee in Costa Rica, and source of timber[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
,
705
Title
Studies of Central American Plants Vols. 1 - 7
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.; Steyermark J.A.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions and notes on a range of plants from Central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama.

Habitat

Wet rainforests in Costa Rica, growing on slopes on clayey soils at elevations around 900 metres[
408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
,
705
Title
Studies of Central American Plants Vols. 1 - 7
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.; Steyermark J.A.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions and notes on a range of plants from Central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



This species does not flower regularly each year, and individual trees are sometimes flowerless for several years in a row[
408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
].
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[].

Edible Uses

Although we have no specific information for this species, many members of this genus produce a sweet-tasting edible pulp around the seeds[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The seedpod is about 5 - 6cm long[
408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree is planted to provide shade in coffee plantations in Costa Rica[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

The wood is used for timber[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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