any tree or shrub of the genus Inga having pinnate leaves and showy usually white flowers; cultivated as ornamentals
Inga is a genus of small tropical, tough-leaved, nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs, subfamily Mimosoideae. 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. The seeds are covered with sweet white powder. The pulp covering the seeds is lightly fibrous and sweet, and rich in minerals; it is edible in the raw state. Popular knowledge indicates that the tree's name originates from the Tupi word in-gá meaning "soaked", due to the fruit powder consistency. The tree usually blossoms twice a year. Within the Inga genus there are around 300 species, most of them native and growing in the Amazon forest region although some species are also found in Mexico, Greater and Lesser Antilles and other countries in South America, being an exclusively neotropical genus. The trees are usually found by river and lake edges because their seeds are carried there by floods. All Inga species produce their seeds in "bean-like" pods and some can reach up to 1 m long, in general the pods are 10 – 30 cm long.
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The numerical value of inga in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of inga in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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