• WordNet 3.6
    • n Staphylea a genus of small trees or shrubs of the family Staphylaceae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n staphylea A genus of polypetalous plants, type of the order Staphyleaceæ. It is characterized by an ovary which is two- or three-parted to the base, contains numerous biseriate ovules, and ripens into an inflated and bladdery membranous capsule, discharging its few seeds at the apex of the two or three lobes. There are 4 species, natives of Europe, the Himalayas, Japan, and North America. They are shrubs with numerous roundish branches, bearing opposite stipulate leaves, each composed of from three to five leaflets, which are involute in the bud and are furnished with stipels. The white flowers, with five erect petals, hang from nodding panicles or racemes. The large and peculiar fruit is the source of the common name bladder-nut. (See cut under nectary.) S. pinnata, also called bag-nut, common in hedgerows and thickets in Europe, bears hard smooth nuts sometimes used for rosaries.
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In literature:

Staphylea pinnata (Bladder Nut).
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook