A very variable species, it has at times been viewed as a number of distinct species[
Feuilleea lindeniana (Benth.) Kuntze
Feuilleea panamensis (Seem.) Kuntze
Feuilleea pavoniana (G. Don) Kuntze
Feuilleea sapindoides (Willd.) Kuntze
Inga eggersii Harms
Inga hartii Urb.
Inga lindeniana Benth.
Inga panamensis Seem.
Inga pavoniana G. Don
Inga pittieri M. Mich.
Inga preussii Harms
Inga purpusii Pittier
Inga rensoni Pittier
Inga rodrigueziana Pittier
Mimosa sapindoides (Willd.) Poir.
Inga sapindoides is a medium-sized tree growing up to 25 metres tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for its edible seeds and pulp in the seedpod, which are sometimes sold in local markets. The tree is also widely used as shade tree in coffee plantations in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico[
Northern S. America - Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela, north to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Along forested roadsides[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at low elevations.
There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen[
The sweet pulp that surrounds the seeds within the seedpods is highly relished in El Salvador[
]. Of rather low quality[
The fleshy sarcotesta is consumed[
]. It is cooked, cut into small pieces then eaten with vegetables[
Used as a shade tree in coffee plantations at lower elevations[
]. Inga sapindoides is often planted as a shade tree in the coffee-growing areas; it has a broad spreading crown, large and well dispersed leaves, and its size is
quite favourable to pruning[
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