The name of this species is often spelt Inga bourgoni[
Feuilleea bourgonii (Aubl.) Kuntze
Inga apta J.F.Macbr.
Inga assimilis Miq.
Mimosa alba Vahl
Mimosa bourgonii Aubl.
Inga bourgonii is a tree growing up to 20 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of medicines.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Rainforests and savannah forests[
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 has a sweet flavour[
]. The seedpod can be 10 - 17cm long and 0.7cm wide[
The plant is used as an astringent[
The bark is chewed or used in a decoction as a treatment for dysentery, and is also used as a treatment for female sterility[
The bark is used externally as a wash or poultice to treat a range of skin problems including ulcers, ant bites, leishmaniasis, swelling, sores, wounds and cuts[
]. It is grated and then pressed as a remedy to soothe mouth sores of infants[
The inner bark is put on abscesses to draw out pus[
The fruit is astringent. It is used in the treatment of catarrhal phlegm, diarrhoea and dysentery[
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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