Feuilleea fastuosa (Jacq.) Kuntze
Inga guaremalensis Pittier
Inga venosa Griseb. ex Benth.
Mimosa fastuosa Jacq.
Inga fastuosa is a tree growing 10 - 15 metres tall[
The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations.
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guyana; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Lowland forests in Trinidad[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tree of the lowland tropical rainforests[
]. It often forms part of the canopy trees[
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 up to 28cm long and 4cm wide[
The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations in northern S. America[
]. Since the roots fix atmospheric nitrogen, the plant also helps to fertilize the soil[
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 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[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.