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Inga
Ice-cream-bean (Inga edulis) parts drawing
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
(unranked): Eurosids I
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Tribe: Ingeae
Genus: Inga
Species

Hundreds, see List of Inga species


Inga is a genus of tropical trees and shrubs, member of the infrafamily Ingeae. Inga's leaves are pinnate, and flowers are generally white. Many of the hundreds of species are used ornamentally.

Several related plants have been placed into this genus at one time, for example Yopo (Cohoba, Mopo, Nopo or Parica - Anadenanthera peregrina -, as Inga niopo).

Inga species, most notably Inga edulis (commonly known as "ice-cream-bean" or, in Spanish, guava) often have edible pulp. The name derives from the fact that those of I. edulis resembles vanilla ice cream in flavour.

Crop rotation techniques using species of Inga such as I. edulis have been developed to restore soil fertility, and thereby stem the tide of continual slashing and burning of the rainforest.[1][2]

Fruit of an Inga-species

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Haugen, C., Revelo, N. "Amazon Rainforest Restoration and Conservation in Ecuador: Inga spp.". Visited 2006, September 18.
  2. ^ Elkan, D. (2005, February). The Rainforest Saver. The Ecologist, 35 (1), 56-63.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also inga

Contents

Danish

Proper noun

Inga

  1. A female given name, a variant of Inge.

Estonian

Proper noun

Inga

  1. A female given name, short form of Ingrid and related names.

German

Proper noun

Inga

  1. A female given name, a variant of Inge.

Norwegian

Etymology

Short from of female compound names beginning with Old Norse Ing-, Ingi-, ("the god Ing or Yngvi").

Proper noun

Inga

  1. A female given name.

Related terms


Swedish

Proper noun

Inga.

  1. A female given name, short form of female names beginning with Ing- "god Ing or Yngvi".

Related terms


Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

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