Staphylea trifolia L. - American Bladdernut
Family - Staphyleaceae
Flowering - March - April.
Habitat - Rich woods, streambanks, swamp forests, lake margins.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive shrub can be found mainly in the northern half of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its opposite, trifoliate leaves and inflated fruits. This is a shrubby species but plants in the south can get large with trunks to 15cm in diameter.
Photographs taken in Columbia, MO., 4-15-04 and 5-22-04.