The Inga Plant Family
Inga pilosula This specie grows mostly in secondary forests and is common in areas where people inhabit. Inga pilosula traditionally have been left to grow around houses where they seem to prefer.
In Indigenous forest communities they become communal fruit trees and is valued mostly for the fruit which is popular with local people. The fruit is not as long as some other inga fruits. The pod is smooth and when ripe becomes brownish lime green.
The cotton like coated seeds is sweet and one indication that the fruit is ripe is that the pod appears fully swollen. If opened, the sometimes dark brown seed can be seen as trying to split through the coat.
This tree grows in Moraro ( click on picture to enlarge)
Unlike the typical white flower of other inga species, the flower of Inga pilosula is yellow. When in full bloom the tree is very attractive and like other inga species a flowering tree attracts lots of bees.