Martha's exotic Backyard in Israel

Kigelia africana, Crescentia pinnata, Kigelia pinnata, Sausage tree,
Hebrew: קיגליה מנוצה, Arabic: كجلة أفريقية

Scientific name:  Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.
Synonym name:   Crescentia pinnata Jacq., Kigelia pinnata (Jacq.) DC.
Common name:  Sausage tree
Hebrew name:  קיגליה מנוצה
Arabic name:  كجلة أفريقية
Family:   Bignoniaceae, Trumpet-creeper family, ביגנוניים

Kigelia africana, Crescentia pinnata, Kigelia pinnata, Sausage tree, קיגליה מנוצה,  كجلة أفريقية

Life form:  Tree, up to 20m
Stems:  light brown sometimes flaky bark
Leaves:  Odd pinnately, composite opposite leaves, leaflets, ovate to oblong, 4-18 cm long
Inflorescence:  Ancillary panicles up to 2m long
Flowers:  Corolla of fused petals, irregularly bell shaped, 9-13 cm long, yellowish on outside and dark red on inside
Fruits / pods:  Oblong, hard 30-50 cm long
Flowering Period:  July, August
Chorotype:  Africa

Kigelia africana, Crescentia pinnata, Kigelia pinnata, Sausage tree, קיגליה מנוצה,  كجلة أفريقية


Derivation of the botanical name:
Kigelia, based on an African name.
africana, from Africa
  • The standard author abbreviation Lam. is used to indicate Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744 – 1829), a French naturalist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Benth. is used to indicate George Bentham (1800 – 1884), an English botanist.
The flowers only open at night and are pollinated by bats and hawk-moths.

Kigelia africana, Crescentia pinnata, Kigelia pinnata, Sausage tree, קיגליה מנוצה,  كجلة أفريقية