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Useful Tropical Plants

Inga oerstediana

Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Feuilleea endlicheri Kuntze

Feuilleea oerstediana (Benth. ex Seem.) Kuntze

Inga chartana Britton & Killip

Inga chiriquensis Standl.

Inga cobanensis Pittier

Inga culagana Britton & Killip

Inga edulis grenadensis Urb.

Inga edulis minutula Schery

Inga endlicheri (Kuntze) J.F. Macbr.

Inga eriorhachis Harms

Inga fasciculata Poepp.

Inga meridensis Pittier

Inga minutula (Schery) T.S. Elias

Inga pamplonae Britton & Killip

Inga paraensis Ducke

Inga tuerckheimii Pittier

Common Name:

Inga oerstediana
Seedpods and leaves
Photograph by: Environmental Sciences Program, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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General Information

Inga oerstediana is a tree growing 4 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 10 - 40cm in diameter, with branches forming from fairly low down[
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Tree Species of Panama
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http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
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Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
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The tree is commonly grown to provide shade in plantations in Central America[
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Grenada.

Habitat

Rainforests, mainly on the margins of rivers and wooded areas, at low to medium elevations[
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Title
Tree Species of Panama
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Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height15.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Butterflies, Insects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of hot, humid, lowland areas in the tropics[
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Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

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[
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Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
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United States Department of Agriculture
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Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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Edible Uses

Although we have no specific information on this species, the pulp surrounding the seeds of many members of the genus is sweet and edible[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The yellowish seedpod can be 8 - 32cm long[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree is widely grown to provide shade in coffee and cacoa plantations in Central America[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Other Uses

The wood is used for fuel[
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Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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