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1. Any of various deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Staphylea, native to northern temperate regions and having opposite compound leaves and terminal panicles of white flowers and bladderlike fruits.
2. The fruit of such a plant.
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1. (Plants) any temperate shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, esp S. pinnata of S Europe, that has bladder-like seed pods: family Staphyleaceae
2. (Plants) the pod of any such tree
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(ˈblæd ərˌnʌt)

1. the fruit capsule of a shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea.
2. the shrub or tree itself.
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Jetbead, American bladdernut, wafer-ash, and black-haw viburnum -- all really big shrubs -- seem to be unfazed by sharing space with a black walnut.
STAPHYLEACEAE (Bladdernut Family) Staphylea trifolia L.--SW; MWL; Rare but locally common; C = 5; BSUH 19737.
The floodplain forest sites are dominated by willow (Salix sp.) cottonwood (Populus deltoides) and American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) with an understory of box elder (Acer negundo), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia), and hop-tree (Ptelea trifoliata).
At high light levels, eastern redbud and bladdernut were the only native species able to compete with buckthorn.