Bark in Kolkata , West Bengal , India The genus name comes from the Mozambican Bantu name, kigeli-keia, while the common names sausage tree and cucumber tree  refer to the long, sausage -like fruit. Its name in Afrikaans worsboom also means sausage tree, and its Arabic name means "the father of kit-bags ". The bark is grey and smooth at first, peeling on older trees. Individual flowers do not hang down but are oriented horizontally. The fruit pulp is fibrous, containing many seeds.
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The genus name Kigelia came from Swahili language used in Kenya and Tanzania. Unfortunately, we could not find out the meaning of this word in Swahili language. The species name pinnata means feather-like. Quite a big feather! Another name is Omuhaka. Nobody could tell us what that means but who cares it just sounds cool when you say "Oh, muhaka!
The mature fruits hang from the long stalks like giant sausages. They may be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds. So, having this tree in your backyard might be tricky. At the beginning the fruits are small and it takes them a few months to grow and ripen but when they are ready you really have to watch out or watch up. Parking your car under that tree is not such a good idea.
The trunk of a Sausage Tree has light brown, sometimes flaky bark and supports a dense rounded to spreading crown of leathery, slightly glossy foliage.
It blooms from August to November. The blood-red tulip-shaped flowers of the sausage tree open one at a time at night on long, rope-like stalks that hang down from the limbs of this tropical tree. In their native habitat the blossoms are pollinated by searching for nectar bats, insects and sunbirds. Although the flowers are beautiful, odor is quite unpleasant for humans.
Special uses Kigelia pinnata has a long history of use by rural African tribes, but very little had been documented.
But it burns very well and moreover, the fruits "sausages" burn even better. For many thousands of years the massive trunk of the Sausage Tree was used to build a canoe Mekoro. Sausage Tree found its use even in music.
Native xylophone is made of Sausage Tree wood. Seeds however can be eaten only if roasted. Raw seeds are poisonous. Ethnomedical use Traditional African healers use the Sausage tree to treat a wide range of skin problems, from fungal infections, boils, psoriasis and eczema, to the more serious diseases, such as leprosy, syphilis and skin cancer.
It also has internal applications, including the treatment of dysentery, ringworm, tapeworm, malaria, diabetes, pneumonia and toothache.
The leaves in a compound applied for backache. The Tonga women of the Zambezi valley apply cosmetic treatments of Kigelia fruit to their faces to improve the skin. The fruit of Kigelia is a common ingredient in traditional beer, and is said to hasten the fermentation process. Hanging a fruit around a house will protect you from violent storms and hurricanes. It is also a symbol of fertility. Perhaps not surprisingly, given its suggestive shape, the fruit has also found traditional use as an aphrodisiac.
Kigelia Pinnata, Si Pohon Sosis.
The genus name Kigelia came from Swahili language used in Kenya and Tanzania. Unfortunately, we could not find out the meaning of this word in Swahili language. The species name pinnata means feather-like. Quite a big feather! Another name is Omuhaka.
Pick Your Poison: Traditional Uses of the Kigelia Tree
In fact, only 50 of these species are currently traded to any significant degree. A few hundred of these species are already known in preliminary research to have potentially beneficial biological activities. The aim of this article is to review the ethnobotanical uses and scientific research regarding this useful plant. It is a semi-deciduous-to-deciduous tree that grows up to 25 meters tall. Its habitat includes open woodlands and moist places such as riverbanks on alluvial soils, but is widespread throughout the savannah areas of tropical Africa.
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Standard Kali ini saya ingin bercerita tentang pohon Sosis Kigelia pinnata. Mungkin bagi sebagian orang, tanaman ini bukanlah tanaman asing, namun bagi saya, saat pertama kali melihat tanaman ini sekitar 2 tahun yang lalu saya sempat terbengong-bengong. Pohon ini memiliki buah yang sangat aneh bentuknya. Silinder memanjang dan menggantung dengan tangkai yang panjang ke bawah dari dahannya yang tinggi. Di batang pohon itu saya lihat ditulis namanya: Kigelia pinnata. Orang menyebutnya dengan pohon Sosis.