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Tree: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Unread postby Senyetse » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:48 am

Photographed in Pretoriuskop October 2007.

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Unread postby reinette » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:52 am

This was at the loop close to Punda Maria near the Dzundzwini viewpoint. Isn't the flowers just beautiful?!
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:18 pm

Tanx senyetse and reinette for some great pics. Here is an interesting link on this tree.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:50 am

Kigela Africana

Description: A large tree with smooth grey bark. The large flowers are borne on pendulous stalks and are maroon. However attractive, they have a foul smell. Ther fruits are sausage shaped, hence the name, and are greyish-brown, which can be up to a metre in length. They contain nutritious seeds, embedded fibrous pulp.

Medicinal uses: Is said to sooth ulcers, sores, and syphilis.

Distribution: Occurs in Northern and North-eastern parts of South Africa, and is widely distributed up north in tropical africa.
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Sausage tree

Unread postby whitehead » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:41 am

Kigelia africana or K. pinata the sausage tree is known in SiLozi as Kazungula. A sausage tree once stood on the western bank of the Zambezi river at its confluence with the Chobe or Linyanti river. David Livingstone the explorer camped under this tree which I have a photograph of taken in 1953. Livingstone carved his initials on the bole of the tree and under his initials he carved LMS for London Missionary Society. When I took the photograph LMS was still visible but not his initials. The tree is no longer there but the town in Zambia on the opposite bank of the mile wide river is called KAZUNGULA.

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Re: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Unread postby Scadoxus » Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:59 pm

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I managed to get a close-up of these flowers. Normally we see only the thick fruit hanging from the stems - strange to think that this thin stem will be able to hold such big fruit
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Re: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Unread postby lee lewis » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:33 am

Gorgeous photo, Scadoxus!!!
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Re: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Unread postby Scadoxus » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:44 am

:D Thank you.
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Re: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Unread postby TreeQueen » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:15 am

The Sausage Tree is one of my favourites :thumbs_up:

I have read somewhere on the internet that the large sausage pods are used as charms and fetishes by the local traditional people.

I love the one that is situated in the centre of the thatch roof at Tshokwane picnic spot :D Lovely tree it is :thumbs_up:
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby adw » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:35 am

Can someone please help me id this tree. (I am trying to improve my knowledge on trees and have recently purchased the Sappi tree spotting book for the lowveld but I cant id this tree in the book.)
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and here is the close up of the bark and leaves
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The above photos were taken in May 2011. I am not sure which road but I think it could be the S36 south near Jones dam.

Here is a picture of the same type of tree and this photo was taken in June 2010 north of Satara on the H1-4. Only took a photo of the tree and no close-up of the bark or leaves.
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby forestgump » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:26 pm

looks like a sausage tree Kigelia africana
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby adw » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:59 pm

Hi FG, thanks for your reply. Certainly the leaves look like the Sausage tree but I thought the Sausage tree has a single trunk. That' s what confused me. Once again thanks.
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