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Inga vera - Guabita cansaboca


Native to:



Central America, northern South America, the Caribbean.

Moist forest, along riverbanks and sheltered ravines. 10-2300 meters above sea level. 12 meters tall.

Inga vera - Guabita cansaboca

Ecological value:

Fast growing, produces fruits year round. Attracts pollinators. Has a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria that form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen which can be shared with neighboring plants.

Material uses:

Wood, heavy and strong, but of low durability being susceptible to attack from wood-boring insects. Used for boxes, pencils and toys. Good source of fuelwood. The bark contains tannins which is used for dyeing textiles.

Edible uses:

Seeds of this tree are found within a sugary edible pulp while providing flowers for
bees to make honey out of year round.

Medicinal use:

The bark is used for anemia. The root is used to treat gallstones and the pulp is treats constipation. The pulp is diuretic and astringent.

Other details:

Planted on coffee and cocoa plantations to provide shade - are large enough at 3 years of age. They
respond well to heavy pruning and are effective at stabilizing soils.


Aria Shehas/Christine Facella


“Inga Vera Willd. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online.
“Inga Vera - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 12, 2023.
Lorenzi. H., ‘Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition’, Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil, 2002
Uphof. J. C. Th., ‘Dictionary of Economic Plants’, Weinheim, 1959
Image source: David J. Stang.

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