Inga coriacea (Pers.) Desv.
Inga jenmanii Sandwith
Inga leptopus Benth.
Mimosa coriacea Pers.
Inga sertulifera is a tree with a rounded, spreading crown; it can grow 5 - 15 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is 10 - 30cm in diameter, it branches from fairly low down[
The edible fruit is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.
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A plant of the moist to wet tropics[
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 flesh surrounding the seeds is eaten[
]. A sweet taste, with a slimy texture[
]. The yellow seedpods are 7 - 13cm 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[
The wood is used for fuel[
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