Sandlet Blomst

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Sandlet Blomst
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Flora
Official Name Sandlet Blomst
Common Name Bitter Lily, Bitter Gul, Zohra Merira, Grov Blomma
Classification Flower
Common Use Culinary, Decorative
Origins Farah’deen
Habitat Humid and Warm Environments

Sandlet Blomst are a species of Flora native to the continent of Farah’deen, where it thrives in the humid, sandy dunes. Noted for its bitter Sandlet Berries, it is an uncommon plant outside of Farah’deen, though Songaskians have carried it far from home to their new ones abroad. First discovered by a member of the Sariyd Empire, the Songaskians took the major role in cultivating and using the plant. Its petals are formed into a bowl shape to collect moisture on the rare occasion it rains, and its roots are known to extend up to five feet into the soil.

History

The Sandlet Blomst was first discovered in 110 BC by a Qadir messenger named Abrar fe Adil in the dunes of Farah’deen. The hiker was originally an insignificant member of the Sariyd Empire, though his discovery of the plant soon gained him notoriety. A relatively poor man, and seeking to gain a profit from his discovery, he began selling the flowers for decorations in his region. The hardened plant was able to survive weeks without water before wilting, and became popular among the Qadir in more arid regions like his, though it did not catch on in the valleys and more irrigated regions of the continent. Because of this rural appeal, the plant never spread too far from its roots until the Great Storm. After that event and with many geographic barriers obliterated, the plant rapidly gained a foothold in various areas of Farah’deen. In 150 AC it was first tested for culinary uses by a Songaskian chef named Al Ragol. While its bitterness was unpleasant, and had long resulted in its shunning by the Qadir, the Songaskian culinary master managed to find a variety of select uses for the simple, hardy berry. Today, the Sandlet Blomst’s unpopularity in the culinary world made the plant rarely distributed outside of Farah’deen, though some specimens have reached southern Essalonia and exist within Songaskian communities abroad.

Appearance

The Sandlet Blomst stands around a foot tall, with a thorny, rugged and sandy-brown stem taking up some eight inches of that length. The remaining length is taken up by the large, sand-yellow, star-style petals that decorate the top of the plant which vaguely resemble a Water Lily’s petals. The petals tend to be around three inches wide and anywhere from four to six inches in length. In the day, the plant closes itself creating its true length, while at night it blooms as the temperature is colder. The plant’s berries are a pale green and grow at the base of the petals at top of the stem. They are circular in nature like blueberries, although green in coloration. The plant has extremely widespread roots, reaching up to five feet deep and wide in the surrounding soil to collect as much moisture as it can from underground.

Uses and Abilities

The Sandlet Blomst is a hardened plant with two uses. The first is culinary, using the tough, bitter green Sandlet Berries growing near the petals. While the Qadir largely rejected the plant for their bitter taste, the Songaskians and some Qadir in their territory discovered various culinary uses for the plant, from preservatives in the form of jams or dried out Sandlet Berries to a flavoring ingredient in specific creations. This usage has since expanded to include the Hadrav’yan Ailor of Hadravya. The other use for the plant is as decoration, with their high time blooming of particular significance in Songaskian Culture as a symbol of evening romance.

Trivia

  • The berries, despite being bitter and unwanted, are a safe way to get liquid (as they are like bitter blue-berries, and can help prevent dehydration) if lost in the deserts.

Accreditation
Writers Yanar,
Processors HydraLana, FireFan96, TheBioverse
Last Editor HydraLana on 09/24/2021.

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