Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.

Family: Bignoniaceae Genus: Kigelia Species: Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth.






Synonym Kigelia pinnata (Jacq.) DC. Flower Color Red - Pink
Common Name Balam kheera, Balmkheera Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Cucumber /Sausage Tree Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name - Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1800 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Tree Fruit Details Fruit very unusual, sausage shaped, up to 1 m × 18 cm, greyish-brown, heavily dotted with lenticels, indehiscent, heavy, weighing up to 12 kg, containing a fibrous pulp in which are embedded many seeds
Habitat Occours in gallery woodland and along rivers in moist forests Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Distributed all over India South,Cental and West also in Africa Bark Details Bark grey, generally smooth in large specimens, flaking in thin, round patches
Distribution in manipur Origin Native
    Leaf Type Compound
    Leaf Arrangement Opposite (leaves in pairs along stem)
    Leaf Shape Oblong
Description of Species Plant up to 20 m in height, with a dense rounded crown; bark grey, generally smooth in large specimens, flaking in thin, round patches. leaves opposite, crowded near the ends of branches, compound. Flowers striking, red blood with heavy yellow veining on the outside, cup shaped, asymmetric, lax, pendulous sprays. Calyx shortly tubular with 2-5 ribbed lobes; corolla widely cup shaped with 5 broad spreading lobes; stamens 4, slightly protruding beyond the mouth of the corolla tube; ovary 1-chambered. Fruit very unusual, sausage shaped Leaf Details Leaves opposite, crowded near the ends of branches, compound

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

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