Sausage tree

A sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) on the Big Island of HawaiiThe fruits of a sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) on the Big Island of Hawaii

The sausage tree (Kigelia Africana), as its botanical name suggests, is an import from Africa. It’s also one of the easiest trees to identify. Long stems hanging from the branches bear first the flowers, then the large, sausage-shaped fruits. These fruits can be as much as 2 feet long and weigh up to 15 pounds, though usually they’re somewhat smaller. Not the place for a picnic though.

The bottom photo shows stages in the transition from a flower beginning to bloom, to shedding petals, to fruit forming.

Flowers form and become fruit on a sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) on the Big Island of Hawaii

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4 thoughts on “Sausage tree

    • Yikes! Perhaps I should be more careful around them, though I suspect, around here, the trees are more likely to harbor nothing worse than feral cats.

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