Staphylea pinnata L.
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Deciduous shrub. Leaves opposite, odd-pinnate with (3)-5-7 leaflets. Leaflets ovate-oblong, 5-12 cm long, 2-5.5 cm wide, toothed, dull green above, paler and glaucous beneath, downy at the midrib base. Inflorescences in long, drooping, panicles in April-May. White stalked flowers, about 1 cm long. Erected sepals, pinkish-red at the apex. Fruit is a two or three lobed inflated capsule. Seeds brownish-yellow. Very hardy.

Home: South-Eastern Europe, Western Asia

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Cultivated: France and Germany

Author: Frédéric Tournay

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