What is this?
This month's 'What is this picture'?? If you think you know what this is and where it can be located, we would love to hear from you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Answers will be revealed in our next month's newsletter.
Last month's what is this was a Sausage Tree found in Africa!!
Kigelia africana is an African tree, easily recognised due to the large sausage-shaped fruits hanging from its branches. The generic name Kigelia comes from the Mozambican name for sausage tree, 'kigeli-keia'. Sausage trees are sacred to many communities and are often protected when other forest trees are cut down. In Kenya, the Luo and Luhya people bury a fruit to symbolise the body of a lost person believed to be dead.
The flowers only open at night and are pollinated by bats and hawk-moths. They are dark red, which is unusual for a bat-pollinated species (bats are normally attracted to white flowers), but the strong unpleasant smell of the flowers is thought to attract the bats instead.
Well done to all those correct guessers.
This months pic...
Photograph by kind permission of Samara Game Reserve.