Ingeae is a tribe of leguminous plants in the subfamilyMimosoideae of flowering plants in the pea family. They are neotropical trees and large trees in the legume family (Fabaceae). They grow from Mexico to Argentina. Most of the species can be found in the Amazon Basin and the Guyana Highlands. They have a deep-green fernlike foliage, with bipinnately compound leaves. Some species have lauroid type leaves. Some are spinytrees and shrubs found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas. The ripe pods eventually fall to the ground and are eaten by various mammals, thereby dispersing the seed.
Some Ingeae species are used for their hard wood, in others that are widely cultivated, the fruits are legume pods that contain large amounts of sugar and are edible. Others are used as ornamental trees in gardens. The seeds of some species are used as animal and human food.
Britton & Rose (1928) divided the Ingeae into several smaller genera[clarification needed] based on stipule characteristics, inflorescence type, leaf texture, mode of legume dehiscence, form of the fruit, and the presence of a seed aril.