Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

QUERY: Bladdernut

Andreas Heiss is working on the archaeobotany and folklore of bladdernut (Staphylea pinnata). This species is native to central Europe and is known to have been cultivated in the British Isles since 1596, having been first recorded in the wild, in south Lincolnshire, in 1633. It continues to be grown as an ornamental in gardens occasionally. Andreas would welcome information on wild colonies of bladdernut in the British Isles, and information on its folklore and uses.

Image: O.W. Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Ősterreich und der Schweiz, 1885.

Update:  Andreas has now published his work on bladdernut:  Andreas G. Heiss et al., A fistful of bladdernuts: the shifting uses of Staphylea pinnata L. as documented by archaeology, history and ethnology, Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies 52: 95-136, 2014.

Updated 1 October 2014.


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