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Sausage Tree

Afrikaans name: Worsboom

Sausage Tree

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Kigelia africana

The Sausage Tree gets its name for its huge elongated fruit (which doesn't really look like a sausage...)

The fruits of the Sausage Tree can be 50 cm long and weigh over 3 kg. The fruit is not edible and may even be poisonous.

The tree provides food to a variety of animals including Elephants who eat the leaves, nyala eat the flowers and baboons eat the (possibly) poisonous fruits.

The Sausage Tree can reach a height of 20 metres.

Leaves of a Sausage Tree

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Bark of a Sausage Tree

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