Scientific name: Kigelia Africana
Common name: Sausage tree
Local name: Nufuten
Family name: Bignoniaceae
Description: it is a short, squat trunk, has light brown, sometimes flaky bark and supports a dense rounded top spreading crown (8m high) etc.
Habitat: it is found near river banks and a times planted on roadside.
Active ingredients: irodoids and nepthaquones. Nepthquinones (including kigelinone). Monoterpenoids – nepthaquinones (pinnata), isocoumarins (inclucing kigelin), ligans (kigeliol), sterols (including beta-sitosterol and stigmaterol), and flavonoids (including quercetin and luteolin)
Folklore uses: rheumatism, snake bites, evil spirits, and even tornadoes. Used in making alcoholic beverages similar to beer, fresh fruit poisonous and strongly purgative; fruits are prepared for consumption by drying, roasting or fermentation. It is an ornamental tree.
Orthodox uses: Anti-inflammatory, skin ailments, from fungal infections, boils, psoriasis, and eczema, leprosy, syphilis and skin cancer. It has also internal application including the treatment of dysentery, tapeworm, ringworm, post partum haemorrhaging, diabetes, malaria, pneumonia and toothache. The leaves are important livestock fodder. Fruit is aphrodisiac.