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I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:18:12 PM »
Also thinking of removing my Sterculia striata , gorgeous tree but enormous and something is always getting the nuts before I can get them .
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 07:09:20 PM »
Only as an ornamental. It is very popular in botanical gardens because they are so strange looking with all the sausages hanging in mid air. I put sausage tree in same league with cannonball tree, also very strange looking and wonderful to look at, but strictly ornamental.
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 03:42:41 AM »
Only as an ornamental. It is very popular in botanical gardens because they are so strange looking with all the sausages hanging in mid air. I put sausage tree in same league with cannonball tree, also very strange looking and wonderful to look at, but strictly ornamental.

Agree with Oscar it is indigenous to this country and I have never heard it used as even a famine crop only ornamental and traditionally medicinal.
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 09:51:32 PM »
Only as an ornamental. It is very popular in botanical gardens because they are so strange looking with all the sausages hanging in mid air. I put sausage tree in same league with cannonball tree, also very strange looking and wonderful to look at, but strictly ornamental.

Agree with Oscar it is indigenous to this country and I have never heard it used as even a famine crop only ornamental and traditionally medicinal.

Ah forget it ( the traditional medicine ) , no idea what they use it for Stuart but if I ever need it or could be useful for curing this ( unidentified ) poisonous sting / bite that I got on my hand and 3 weeks later still has not healed , there probably will be no fruit available . Too bad , the flower is very nice and when loaded with pods it is a nice conversation tree . Chainsaw it will be .
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2018, 11:45:12 PM »
Only as an ornamental. It is very popular in botanical gardens because they are so strange looking with all the sausages hanging in mid air. I put sausage tree in same league with cannonball tree, also very strange looking and wonderful to look at, but strictly ornamental.

Agree with Oscar it is indigenous to this country and I have never heard it used as even a famine crop only ornamental and traditionally medicinal.

Ah forget it ( the traditional medicine ) , no idea what they use it for Stuart but if I ever need it or could be useful for curing this ( unidentified ) poisonous sting / bite that I got on my hand and 3 weeks later still has not healed , there probably will be no fruit available . Too bad , the flower is very nice and when loaded with pods it is a nice conversation tree . Chainsaw it will be .
Or just buy another piece of land and expand.  ;)
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 04:07:22 AM »
It shows amazing promise medicinally (particularly for the skin, and yes, including against melanoma), as well as potential as a skin toning agent in cosmetics.  It's strongly antibiotic and antifungal and promotes wound healing as well.

https://scholar.google.is/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=kigelia+africana&btnG=

But as for eating quality, I can't say (apart from the fact that it's poisonous raw and only seems to be used in things such as a brewing additive). The seeds are described as a "famine food", which is never a good sign.
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 05:55:26 AM »
There is a company in Texas making skin care products from sausage tree:
http://kigeliashop.com/
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Re: I need space...is Kigelia africana worth keeping ?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2018, 08:55:41 PM »
OK Guys and Karen , lets put our heads together and the money and we're in business.....lol....( See Oscar's last post )
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