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Kigelia africana

Common names: Sausage Tree (E); umVunguta (Z); Worsboom (A); Modukguhlu (NS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Kigelia africana

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

FROST SENSITIVE

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

18m x 20m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Kigelia africana

DESCRIPTION

A medium to large deciduous tree with a rounded crown. The bark is grey and generally smooth, but sometimes flaky in older plants. The leaves are opposite, leathery and hairy on both surfaces. The cup-shaped flowers are large, dark maroon and unpleasant smelling (smell of rotting meat). The flowers only last for a day. The fruit is a large (up to 18cm), sausage-shaped greyish-brown pod that weighs up to 10kg and contains a fibrous pulp in which many seeds are embedded.

LANDSCAPING USES
Not suitable for small and medium gardens but a valuable plant for game farms and alongside rivers.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Rockery, Water, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK

12 Responses

  1. Thanks, Rob

    If we get any interested parties, I’ll forward them your e-mail address.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Sam

    You’d have to check whether your local nurseries will purchase your plants and what they are willing to pay.

    It’s difficult to determine whether they will purchase them as this is a relatively easy plant to propagate and there may not be a huge demand for that particular species.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  3. Hi

    I have at least 44 of Kigelia plants which i need to plant in a bigger land. I am planning to have many. My question is, whether i can be able to make money if is sell the extracts.

    Sam

  4. Hi Sam

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    It’s incredible that you’re planting some indigenous trees in their natural habitat.
    I’m not sure whether there is a market for these seeds as most nurseries would source them from registered seed distributors.

    Flourish!
    Glencie

  5. Hi

    I managed to get the seeds of Kigelia in Venda sometimes last year, now i am planning to plant them in bulk as i have 1200 hectors of land. Is there a market for this?

    Sam

  6. Hi Christos

    Thanks for visitng Plantbook.

    Interesting to hear about our native trees travelling and faring well in different parts of the world.

    Please send us a picture of your tree.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  7. I planted a tree 35 years ago in a public park in the town messini in s. greece. the tree passed through some winters with -1, -2 without any signs of damage and a severe winter with-6 with some branches damage .the tree recovered and it is healthy. the parental tree was in cairo zoo.

  8. Hi Larry

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Check with your local indigenous plant nursery for the trees. If they cannot assist, perhaps the Kirstenbosch seed bank can assist – seedroom@sanbi.org.za.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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