Staphylea trifolia (American bladdernut)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves opposite, pinnate (3), ovate in shape with an acuminate tip, and serrate margins, with a stalked terminal leaflet, the others are sessile, the petioles however are long
  • Bark with vertical white stripes caused by lenticels
  • Fruits are inflated capsules, and seeds are dispersed by water
  • Forms a shrub or small tree
  • Found on first bottoms of floodplain sites
  • Twigs are knobby, with green new growth and warty lenticels
  • Sourced during a field lab in Fall 2011


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