Closely related to Inga vera and Inga edulis[
Feuilleea ingoides (Rich.) Kuntze
Inga galibica Duchass. & Walp.
Inga meriana Splitg.
Inga ornata Kunth
Mimosa ingoides Rich.
Inga ingoides is a tree with a flat or fairly round crown; it can grow up to 22 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 32cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild for local use. The tree is sometimes cultivated for this edible fruit[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad to Guadeloupe.
Clearings and thickets at elevations from 100 - 180 metres in Peru[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
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 sweet-tasting, white pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten[
]. The seedpod is 12 - 35cm long and about 1cm wide[
There is a thin layer of dull brown heartwood surrounded by an oatmeal-coloured sapwood which has dark brown or black streaks[
]. The wood is of medium density to moderately heavy, it splinters easily and is liable to check in drying[
]. It is little used, other than as fuel[
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