|Locale||Temperate to tropical forest|
This flowering plant boasts an enormous single blossom. The flower of the clabbergill is fully eight feet across and is the largest flower in the world. It's huge milky white petals are yellow around the edges and velvety soft. The center of the flower has a central bulb which is glossy black. Beneath this cap of this bulb are several dozen ruffled walls of spongy grey material (very much like a mushroom). The flower has a disagreeable smell, very much like sour milk, which emanates from the central bulb, specifically from the spongy plates.
The spongy ruffled plates of the central bulb contains a milky liquid which acts as an organic acid. Physical contact with clabbergill juice will cause severe skin eruptions and rashes. If the juice is not washed off, it will slowly begin eating away the flesh. Prolonged contact will actually burn the flesh away right down to the bone, though this would take almost an hour. Up to one gallon of clabbergill juice can be extracted from the spongy tissue of the bulb if the person doing the extraction is careful and knows what they are doing. An inexperienced harvester will typically get less than a quart and probably half a dozen burns. Clabbergill juice will dissolve any organic material - skin, hair, flesh, wood, cloth, leather. It will not affect stone or metal. Alchemists prize clabbergill juice and will pay handsomely for even a small quantity.
The petals of the clabbergill flower are extremely soft and supple. If carefully wrapped and kept moist, they will remain supple for several weeks. Such petals may fetch a good price at a city market. If allowed to dry slowly, the petals will retain much of their suppleness and can be incorporated into manufactured goods in place of leather.
The clabbergill is sometimes called the "Lord of the Lilies". The elves use the juice of the clabbergill as a tool for carving/burning intricate designs into wood. Orcs have been known to use it as a tool of torture. The petals of the giant flower are used for many things.
The clabbergill is found in south western tropical regions of Ithria, the Pirate Isles and western Qeshir.
It is not possible to build up a tolerance to clabbergill juice.
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