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Inga insignis - Kunth

Common Name Guaba de zorro
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Inga insignis Guaba de zorro


Ana Mireya Guerrero G.
Inga insignis Guaba de zorro
Ana Mireya Guerrero G.

 

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Summary

Inga insignis or Guaba de Zorro is a tropical tree growing up to 10 m in height and can be found in South America. It has compound leaves that are reddish-green in color when young and turn brownish when old. The flowers are green or yellow. The fruits are green pods covered with white hairs. The trunk is cylindrical, reaching a diameter of up to 35 cmm and usually branching near the base. The fruit is edible, with a sweet-tasting white pulp surrounding the seeds. The tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria and capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen.


Physical Characteristics

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Inga insignis is a TREE growing to 8 m (26ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Feuilleea insignis (Kunth) Kuntze

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[317 ]. The sweet-tasting white pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten[305 ]. The seedpod is 14 - 18cm long and up to 2.5cm wide[305 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

A tropical plant. It can grow on poor soils. It can tolerate long dry seasons. In Ecuador it grows between 1,450-2,850 m above sea level. 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.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Guaba de zorro

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Colombia; Ecuador; Peru, South America,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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