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Sausage Grows on Trees?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 20 March 2018 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

It may have a mouth-watering name, but don’t eat from the sausage tree (the popular name for the kigelia) unless you know what you’re doing!

Tall, with smooth grey bark and beautiful, bell-shaped flowers, the kigelia tree is often cultivated ornamentally, but Tanzanian tribes have long been putting the tree’s eponymous sausage-shaped fruits—as well as its leaves and bark—to all sorts of uses for generations.

Some of the myriad health problems treated with extracts from various parts of the tree include malaria, headaches, syphilis and other venereal diseases, rheumatism, inflamed spleen, ulcers, and gastro-intestinal issues (just to name a few). The fruit is known to have anti-microbial properties, and is thought to help with skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Dense and fibrous, the fruits can grow to over three feet in length, weighing upwards of 22 pounds. That’s a serious enough missile that even safari vehicles can take serious damage from the falling fruits.

Photo captured February 25, 2018 at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

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Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absolutely surprising

20 Mar 2018 5:55am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Eh bien voilà, maintenant on le sait, les saucisse poussent dans les arbres.
Voilà un aliment de plus pour les végétariens dont je suis ;-)
Bonne journée Steven

20 Mar 2018 6:40am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A really amazing tree with a great writeup.

20 Mar 2018 6:49am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Wow.. thanks for sharing the interesting facts about the fruit.

20 Mar 2018 7:13am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Now I would like to say that I've seen it all, but I'm not sure what I can see tomorrow. What to tell about that tree reminds us of the sales talks of the old western whipping Nevertheless, I believe its health effects and I find it very interesting.traders. Their liniments were able to heal everything from the inflamed sunburn to the leaking ceiling.

20 Mar 2018 7:40am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Ah ah. Supply they helmets to visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory?

20 Mar 2018 8:18am

Alun from Elton, United Kingdom

Now that’s my kind of tree, nice one

20 Mar 2018 8:45am

Franz from Baden, Austria

Absolutely interesting info to go with this informative image, Steven. Amazing what the parts of the tree can be used for. All in all, however, I do prefer ordinary hot dogs ... ;-)))

20 Mar 2018 9:11am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Don't they light in the evening ?
Gorgeous chandeliers !

20 Mar 2018 9:27am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a STartling sight. The viewers are certainly enjoying it :) Well documented and exotic too

20 Mar 2018 10:11am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

hahah très bien vu !

20 Mar 2018 10:26am

London Caller from United Kingdom

This is so intriguing! I have not seen anything like this before.
The closest thing I can think of is loofah tree (but it's actually a climber)!

20 Mar 2018 10:33am

willy from Belgium

une superbe photo surprenante Steven

merci pour les informations intéressantes

belle journée

20 Mar 2018 11:31am

Adrienne from Round Rock, United States

Looks like corn dogs to me. Pretty odd!

20 Mar 2018 11:59am

Don from Spokane, United States

This tree is well named. Very interesting comment.

20 Mar 2018 12:55pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Happy ST> Indeed a tree to be aware of, though I had not heard of it before. Very interesting.

20 Mar 2018 1:22pm

Devi from Chennai, India

amazing image here.
Thank you for the detailed explanation of the tree's uses here. Great !

20 Mar 2018 1:55pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

Whats happened
So amazing and interesting

20 Mar 2018 2:35pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

well, that's highly unusual

gotta love it !

20 Mar 2018 2:53pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

I didn't know this tree and its fruits. Thanks for the info. Certainly they seem sausage. Happy ST

20 Mar 2018 3:37pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


20 Mar 2018 3:51pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle scène et arbre avec ces pendentifs et ces personnes superbe

20 Mar 2018 4:51pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Everyone seems delighted by this strange tree. It has so many uses if you have the knowledge passed down the generations.

20 Mar 2018 5:18pm

Remus from Portugal

Fantastic! I had never seen such a thing.
Thanks for sharing knowledge.

20 Mar 2018 5:39pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Hahaha! Genial! Superb!!
Have a nice ST!

20 Mar 2018 7:19pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is my kind of tree!

20 Mar 2018 10:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is too funny! I have never seen such a tree! Those sausages could definitely do some damage! Happy ST!

21 Mar 2018 1:46am

Joëlle from France

Impressionnant !... sacré spécimen :-)

21 Mar 2018 11:58am