Kigelia pinnata Jacq DC

Family ► Bignoniaceae.

Habitat ► Native to West Africa, cultivated as a roadside tree.

English ► Common Sausage tree.

Folk ► Jhaar Phaanuus.

Action ► Bark—antidysenteric, antirheumatic, diuretic. Used in venereal diseases. Fruits— purgative.

The root bark contains monoter-penoids, pinnatal, isopinnatal and iso-kigelinol napthoquinones.

The fruit gave a cytostatic compound.

In Africa, the root bark is used in the treatment of venereal diseases, haemorrhoids and rheumatism; also as a vermifuge.

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