Inga callicarpa N.Zamora
Inga urabensis L.Uribe
Inga venusta is a tree growing 10 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 10 - 40cm in diameter, branching from fairly low down[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and wood, which are used locally.
S. America - Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.
Moist to wet forests at low to medium elevations[
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|Pollinators||Bees, Butterflies, Insects
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 yellowish to black seedpods are 26 - 35cm long[
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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