The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Sausage Tree

Afrikaans name: Worsboom

Sausage Tree

Sausage Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

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.

Fruit of a Sausage Tree

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The tree provides food to a variety of animals including Elephants who eat the leaves, Nyala eat the flowers and Chacma 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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References and further reading

Wild Issue 25 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 70

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 1013

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1967 - Page: 31

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 452

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 216

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 7

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 392

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 129

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 213

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 292

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Published: 1986 - Page: 28

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 99

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 10

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 313


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