Inga tenuipedunculata J.LeÃ³n
Inga barbourii is a tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The bole can be 40cm in diameter[
Planted as shade tree for coffee in Costa Rica, and source of timber[
C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama.
Wet rainforests in Costa Rica, growing on slopes on clayey soils at elevations around 900 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
This species does not flower regularly each year, and individual trees are sometimes flowerless for several years in a row[
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.
Although we have no specific information for this species, many members of this genus produce a sweet-tasting edible pulp around the seeds[
]. The seedpod is about 5 - 6cm long[
The tree is planted to provide shade in coffee plantations in Costa Rica[
Inga species generally have a number of factors that make them popular for use as shade trees in coffee and cacao plantations:- they grow quickly and so soon make an effecte shade; they respond well to drastic pruning and so are easy to keep within the required size and shade levels; they promote and maintain soil fertility; they are effective soil stabilizers[
The wood is used for timber[
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[
When grown as a shade tree, the plant is pruned on a regular basis, and these prunings are often burned as a fuel[
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