This is a common medium sized tree along water courses in Botswana. Typically it has a dense bushy growth.
The tree contains a number of toxins that can cause severe symptoms and even death if consumed in quantities.
Despite this it is browsed in small doses by a number of herbivores, most frequently by elephant.
It can be used as a fish poison and to treat various sexually transmitted disease.
A medium to large and spectacular tree with a dense rounded crown.
Mostly found in open savannah and on river courses.
Being deciduous it does not offer much nutrition in winter and is occasionally browsed by elephant and giraffe in the growing season.
Kigelia cream (made from the skin of the sausage like fruit) is commercial as a treatment of skin ailments and skin cancer.
The well known Botswana mokoro (dug-out canoe) was also traditionally made from this tree.
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