Feuilleea insignis (Kunth) Kuntze
Inga insignis is a tree with a wide, dense crown; it can grow up to 10 metres tall. The bole can be up to 35cm in diameter, usually branching from near the base[
The plant is extensively cultivated for its edible fruit in orchards in Quito, where it is also commonly planted as a street tree[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
|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 14 - 18cm long and up to 2.5cm wide[
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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