Kigela africana, or Sausage Tree, is a native of the southeastern region of Africa. This is the second year the tree has set fruit at the Lincoln Park Conervatory, the picture in this post is from last year. The fruits can weigh as much as 20 pounds each and measure 2 feet long. The tree gets its common name from, well, just look at it!
As the video below from ABC7 explains the sausage is actually a berry and has the tree has many medicinal uses.
Did Cheryl Burton just imply what I think she implied about Jerry Taft?