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Inga edulis

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Inga (ING-ah) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral QCHammy On Oct 8, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Synonyms include:
Feuilleea edulis
Inga benthamiana
Inga edulis var. grenadensis [verification needed]
Inga minutula [verification needed]
Inga scabriuscula
Inga vera
Inga vera sensu
Inga ynga [verification needed]
Mimosa inga [verification needed]
Mimosa ynga

Positive tmccullo On Jun 16, 2007, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Brought a seed back from a trip to Peru. It has growing very quickly. The seed actually germinated in a plastic bag with moisture and has grown about 6 inches in 3 weeks.

Neutral andihazelwood On Mar 14, 2007, andihazelwood from bundaberg
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

This nitrogen fixer has long bean pods which contain many large seeds, surrounded by juicy white fluff that tastes like vanilla ice cream. Subtropical, native to Central and South America.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lafayette, California
Spring Valley, California
Brandon, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida (2 reports)
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Houston, Texas

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