Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 10: 69. 1874.
Plants 2–6 m. Leaves: leaflet blades widely ovate to widely elliptic or ± round, (2–) 2.5–8 (–15) cm, margins crenulate-serrulate, apex short-acuminate to apiculate, glabrous. Flowers cylindro-campanulate; sepals white, 5–7 (–9) mm; petals narrowly oblong or oblanceolate, 7–8 (–12) mm, apex not recurved; filaments exserted, 9–10 (–15) mm, longer than petals, glabrous; pistils glabrous, styles equal to or surpassing stamens. Capsules ellipsoid, (2.5–) 3.5–4 (–5.5) cm.
Phenology: Flowering Mar–May.
Habitat: Chaparral, foothill woodlands, yellow pine forests, slopes, canyon sides
Elevation: (200–)300–1400 m
Staphylea bolanderi occurs in the foothills and at the lower elevations of the Cascades and Klamath ranges, the Sierra Nevada, and the Tehachapi Mountains.