Inga parviflora Spruce ex Benth.
Inga lateriflora is a tree growing up to 25 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dyestuff. The tree has sometimes been cultivated for its fruit in home gardens in parts of the plants native range[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Savannah forests and rain forests[
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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 white pulp surrounding the seeds has a sweet flavour[
]. The pod is up to 15cm long[
An infusion of the bark, mixed with salt, is used to bathe sores and ulcers[
]. The bark is used to treat sores, wounds and cuts[
A black dye is obtained from the bark[
]. It is mainly used for colouring basketry[
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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