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Useful Tropical Plants

Inga densiflora

Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Inga heinei Harms

Inga java Pittier

Inga langlassei Pittier

Inga limonensis Pittier

Inga microdonta Britton & Killip

Inga mollifoliola Pittier

Inga montealegrei Standl.

Inga monticola Pittier

Inga sordida Pittier

Inga titiribiana Britton & Killip

Common Name:

Inga densiflora
Flowers and leaves
Photograph by: A. Gentry
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General Information

Inga densiflora is a tree.
The pulp surrounding the seeds is highly prized within the plant's native range, where it is gathered from the wild and also often cultivated. The tree is also planted to provide shade in coffee plantations in Central America and in Venezuela[
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.

Range

S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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.
]. Highly valued, the white pulp surrounding the seeds has a sweet flavour[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations, mainly in C. America and Venezuela[
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.
]. It has the added bonus of enriching the soil with atmospheric nitrogen.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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