The fruits of Dichrostachys cinerea or sicklebush are dense clusters of intricately contorted pods. They remind of the similarly convoluted pods of Vachellia tortilis, but in that case a single pod makes up each cluster.
Sickle-bush pods start off green, filled with sap as in the picture. They gradually dry out to a brown colour as the seeds ripen. Pod dimensions, for those who need to be spared the challenge of straightening some for measurement, are about 1 cm by 10 cm. The pods are indehiscent, eventually dropping off and rotting on the ground, if not eaten by livestock or game (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).