Staphylea L.


Greek staphyle — cluster, referring to the arrangement of the flowers.

Deciduous shrubs or small trees with mottled bark. Leaves opposite; leaflets 3-7, toothed. Flower clusters terminal. Flowers creamy white (rarely pink), stalks with 2 bracts. Stamens as long as the petals. Ovary with 3-4 chambers and styles. Fruit an indehiscent capsule, flat or inflated.

Grown for the pendulous flower clusters and long-lasting ornamental fruits.

9-11 species from Eurasia and N America.

Seed or softwood cuttings.

Leaves of 3-7 leaflets; flowers pink or cream, in pendulous clusters.

Weaver (1980).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Staphyleaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Crossosomatales
family       Staphyleaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Staphylea colchica Steven