Kigelia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae. The genus is monotypic containing the single species Kigelia africana (The Sausage Tree), which occurs throughout tropical Africa. The plant is a tree growing up to 20 m tall, evergreen in regions where there is rainfall throughout the year, but deciduous elsewhere. Flowers are produced in panicles and are dark red to maroon, about 10 cm wide and highly scented at night indicating that they are adapted for pollination by bats. The fruit is large and woody and sausage-shaped, 30-100 cm x 18-20 cm and can weigh up to 12 kg. Each flower only opens for a single night and when a flower has been pollinated remaining unopened flowers abort to ensure that each of the y one fruit or rarely two. The fruits are used as food by a number of mammals, including elephants, hippopotamus, baboons, giraffes etc.