Kigelia africana | Sausage tree

Kigelia africana

Common Name : Sausage tree, cucumber tree, Kigelia Botanical Name : Kigelia africana Family : Bignoniaceae

Kigelia africana

Kingdom - Plantae

Order - Lamiales

Genus - Kigelia

Type - Evergreen, deciduous, ornamental tree

Origin / Native - Tropical Africa, Namibia, Senegal, Eritrea

Height - Up to 65.7 feet tall [ 20 meters]

Flowering Month - Mar to May

Hindi - Balam khira, Jhar fanoos

Fruits used in - African herbal medicine

Attracts - Butterflies, Bees, Birds, bats

Flowers - Large, Velvety, Maroon, Deep Red, bell-shaped, Fragrant, clustered flowers connected with long stems

Leaves - Dark Green, Glossy[slightly], Oppositely arranged, Compound, 8 oval shaped leaflets

Fruits - Long, Brown, Woody, Pulpy, Drooping, 13.228lb to 19.842lb, Summer to Frost, Attracts baboons, monkeys

Found In - Forests, Floodplains, Riverbanks

Hazards - Immature, green, fresh fruit is poisonous, Falling fruits seriously damage vehicles & harm to humans

Light Requirement & Care -Full sun, Average Water

Growth Rate - Fast

Best For -Bank of a river, Parks, Public garden

Close up view of kigelia africana flower bud
Close up view of kigelia africana flower bud

Sausage tree flower bud - Near Blooming
Sausage tree flower bud

Kigelia africana flower
Kigelia africana flower

Sausage tree flower spikes
Sausage tree flower spikes

Kigelia africana bark
Kigelia africana bark

Full View of Kigelia africana - Sausage tree
Full View of Kigelia africana - Sausage tree

Kigelia africana flower buds
Kigelia africana flower buds

Kigelia africana fruit and leaves
Kigelia africana fruit and leaves

Photographs: Guna Selvi Camera: Nikon D40x Location : Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore[Bengaluru], Karnataka, India


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