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American Bladdernut - Staphylea trifolia


Family: Staphyleaceae - Bladdernut family Genus Common Name: Bladdernut Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Shrub Tree
Staphylea trifolia - American Bladdernut. Walker County, Ga 04/19/2008. The seed capsule is an enlarged green papery-shelled 'bladder', giving it the 'bladdernut' common name.

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Staphylea trifolia

Distribution of Staphylea trifolia in the United States and Canada:
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Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-19Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
Bladdernut has clusters of greenish-white bell-like blossoms hanging below their three-part leaves. The orangish-yellow stamens are distinctive.
Staphylea trifolia

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-May-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/60f/8 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv) Flash: Yes
The Bladdernut name comes from seedpod which appears to be inflated like a bladder. The trifolia species epithet is from the 3-part leaves.
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Staphylea trifolia

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
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Staphylea trifolia

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