Botanist's Glossary

Kigelia - Kigelia africana

  • Description
    • Kigelia (Bignoniaceae family) is a small, twisted tree that grows to a height of 15 meters. It is widespread in dry tropical regions of Africa. The elongated, very large fruits, which hang from the end of a long stalk and weigh up to 10 kilos, have earned the tree the name of "sausage tree". It is planted in villages as an ornamental tree.
  • Traditions
    • Kigelia has many applications in African medicine to treat rheumatism or wounds. Its fruit also forms part of the composition of alcoholic drinks.
  • Properties
    • Kigelia fruit extract is very rich in peptides, which help to firm the epidermis due to their natural tightening mechanism. It also encourages cellular reactivation. Traditionally, African women spread the fruit pulp on their breasts to make them more beautiful. The fruit is also used in alcoholic beverages.