Kigelia - Plant

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Note: The image is for reference purpose. Actual plant height will be 0.5 to 3ft.
Kigelia is based on an African name. The genus Kigelia has one species and occurs only in Africa.
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The short, squat trunk has light brown, sometimes flaky bark and supports a dense rounded to spreading crown of leathery, slightly glossy foliage (deciduous). The huge, grey-brown fruits, 800 x 120 mm. hang from long stalks, from December to June and weigh anything up to 9 kg.

Common name: Sausage Tree
Color: blood-red
Bloom time: August to November.
Height: Over 40 ft.
Difficulty level: Easy.

Planting & Care
Protect young plants from frost. Plant in full sun, add lots of compost and mulch well.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: Soil pH 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Water: Water moderately.

Temprature: 4°C to 40°C.

Fertilizer: A time released fertilizer 8-3-9 or similar.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • 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.

Ornamental use:
  • A popular shade and street tree.


Reference:
http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantklm/kigeliaafric.htm http://toptropicals.com/html/toptropicals/articles/trees/kigelia.htm
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