Kigelia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae. The genus comprises only one species, Kigelia africana, which occurs throughout tropical Africa from Eritrea and Chad south to northern South Africa, and west to Senegal and Namibia. The Kigelia grows a fruit that is up to 2 feet long, weighs about 15 lbs, and looks like sausage hense the name "worsboom"
The tree grows up to 20 m (66 feet) tall. The bark is grey and smooth at first, peeling on older trees. It can be as thick as 6 mm on a 15-cm branch. The wood is pale brown or yellowish. The tree is evergreen where rainfall occurs throughout the year, but deciduous where there is a long dry season.
The fruit is a woody berry from 12 to 39 inches (30–100 cm) long and up to seven inches (18 cm) broad, Typically it weighs between 11 and 22 pounds (5 and 10 kg) and hangs down on long, rope-like peduncles. The fruit pulp is fibrous and pulpy, and contains numerous seeds
The fresh fruit is poisonous and strongly purgative; fruit are prepared for consumption by drying, roasting or fermentation
Please add pictures and a description of where to find them, what to look for and mention if there is any copy cats that need to be known, also dangers that come with if any. Explain how to fix them. Also Disclaimer: Never go on your own for the first time to identify plants that you are unfamiliar with, always make sure there is someone with you that knows and can point out in person the traits to look for and to avoid.
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