Inga goldmanii is a medium-sized tree with a straight bole growing up to 20 metres tall[
It is sometimes cultivated as a shade tree in coffee plantations[
Northern S. America - Colombia, north to Costa Rica; Nicaragua; Panama.
Widespread in forests and along the sides of roads[
]. Tropical moist forests[
]. Absent in wet areas or at higher elevations[
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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 tree is grown as a shade tree in coffee plantations in South and Central America[
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[
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