Flower or Azure Spitting Flower, commonly also called the Coughing Flower or
simply Cough, is a ped tall plant with a single azure blue flower. Commonly
found near fresh water sources it has the
ability to produce and spit highly corrosive acid.
Appearance. The Coughing Flower in appearance looks like a smooth bulbus flower, half a palmspan wide at the bottom whilst being a nailbreadth at the tip. The top has a lip on the end that extends only half way down the flower, the acid the flower produces can be seen dripping down the side of the flower as it seems to be continually producing it. As the plant matures the flower will become a bright blue, the flower itself is connected to a thin stalk which protrudes from the ground, around which small roots can also be seen to protrude through small nailsbreadth holes in the ground and are up to 3-4 peds in length. These roots are colored red, the color of which is caused by an excreted syrup which the plant uses to neutralize the acid it produces and attract insects. These roots also move in jerking motions of which spread the syrup around the plant making the ground around it immune to its acid. The plant itself has no foliage nor any other remarkable features.
The syrup from the roots of the plant emits a foul smell which helps attracting insects, the flower will then sense the movement of the insects in the air and will spit small drops of acid at the insects by facing the flower toward the insect compressing itself and leaving only a small opening in its lip, by doing this the plant can shoot acid up to 30 peds away but the plant will only attack insects within 1-2 peds distance from the flower itself. Due to the amount of acid the flower produces it can do this indefinitely. The roots then collect the insect once it has fallen to the ground, during which the syrup on the ground around the plant will neutralize the plant's acid, and will pull it underground through the small holes the roots protrude from. This is thought to be the way the plant itself feeds. It has also been noted that the flower itself is somehow invisible to insects as sometimes they can be seen flying into the flower.
Territory. This flower can be found near any source of fresh water, although it seems to be more prominently found in forest regions.
Usages. Although highly corrosive the acid the flower produces can be collected by cutting off the flower itself. This does not kill the flower as it will grow a new one. This acid, once diluted with water, is very efficient at removing rust off metal and can also be used to clean wounds as any wounds cleaned by the acid seems to heal faster. This diluted form when mixed with various fruit juices is also an alcohol of sorts, although only the bravest person would drink it.
The red syrup the roots produces is edible but becomes an extremely mild poison when mixed with the acid from the plant, this poison only affects insects so it is thought that this is the plant's way of stopping insects from attacking the roots, but other plants will thrive near the Azure Plant. Therefore it is common to make this poison a very potent insecticide not only due to its foul smell, which attracts insects, but also for its ability to kill insects.
Although the usefulness of the plant would make its cultivation worthwhi the plant also poses danger to anyone who wanders near the plant.
Reproduction. The Azure Flower reproduces by sending out suckers, which never move more than a few peds away from a source of water, these suckers normally run for 10-12 peds length before becoming a new plant.
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