Inga chrysotricha Pittier
Inga hirsutissima Rusby
Inga setosa is a tree
The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.
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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.
Although we have no specific information on this species, the pulp surrounding the seeds of many members of the genus is sweet and edible[
The tree is grown to provide shade in coffee plantations in Peru[
Inga species generally have a number of factors that make them popular for use as shade trees in coffee and cacao plantations:- they grow quickly and so soon make an effecte shade; they respond well to drastic pruning and so are easy to keep within the required size and shade levels; they promote and maintain soil fertility; they are effective soil stabilizers[
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[
When grown as a shade tree, the plant is pruned on a regular basis, and these prunings are often burned as a fuel[
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