Of the moporota tree and the myth of manhood enhancement

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MAUN: Amongst the natural wonders found in the Okavango Delta and the Chobe is the humorously named 'sausage tree' locally known as Moporota.

Just mention the name Moporota and you are likely to attract curious attention. Moporota is a tree shrouded in age-old myth that it has powers to enhance humans and wild animals' sexuality. Chances are many would have not seen this tree but will have definitely heard about this myth.

The tree comes from a family of trees scientifically known as the genus kigelia Africana. It is the only species from this tree family found in Africa. The tree is found in tropical Africa from Senegal, Eritrea, Chad and the Southern African countries. It has an average height growth of about 20 meters. Moporota commonly grows near water bodies which explain its concentration in the Okavango and Chobe. The tree derives its name the 'sausage tree' from the multiple sausage-like fruits that it bears.

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