OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Crossosomatales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 114-01-001:
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bladdernut


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sttr_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_staphylea_trifolia_4

January        

Twigs greenish, glabrous; leaf scars opposite, buds clearly visible, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_staphylea_trifolia_7

January        

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Bill Sharpton    gws1462_a2

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Flowers bell-shaped, in drooping clusters at the tip of new branchlets, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm170401_423

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Flower stalks about 3/4" long and subtended by a white bract, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm200411_3710

April    Greenville County    SC

The opposite trifoliate leaves with serrulate margins are diagnostic, per Weakley's Flora.


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Keith Bradley    kab_s_trifolia_5122

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

Keith Bradley    kab_s_trifolia_5148

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_staphylea_trifolia2

April        

Stamens 5, about equalling the corolla, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_staphylea_trifolia_3

May        

Fruit a 3-lobed, inflated or bladderlike pod about 2-5cm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Sam Pratt    sbp052621_0513

May    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm080705_121

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

JK Marlow    jkm150827_916

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

JK Marlow    jkm150827_917

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm150827_919

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Bark gray, smooth, often white-striped on some young stems, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

JK Marlow    jkm210824_3073

August    Greenville County    SC

Can someone identify this critter?

image of Staphylea trifolia, Bladdernut

Sam Pratt    sbp_3393

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Fruit persistent into winter, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 114-01-001:
Staphylea trifolia   FAMILY Staphyleaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1462

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Nutrient-rich bottomland forests, extending upslope over calcareous or mafic rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-white
Bisexual
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
5 petals, corolla campanulate
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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