Inga adenophylla is a low, spreading tree[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The tree is sometimes grown to provide shade in tea and coffee plantations[
S. America - Bolivia, Peru.
Open woods at elevations from 300 - 2,800 metres in Peru[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
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 seeds are covered in a sweet tasting pulp[
]. The slender seedpod is about 10 - 15cm long[
The tree is grown to provide shade in tea and coffee plantations[
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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