|Quantity||1-5 roots yielding a pint each|
This desert sponge, sometimes called the Water Root, appears as a scraggly black and green twisted bush. This ugly mass of branches bears no fruit or flowers and is often covered in light coating of sand.This coating of sand makes the plant blend in to the background, making it more difficult to spot.
While the bush itself has no value, it's root are quite remarkable. Made of a spongy material, these roots retain an enormous amount of water. If dug up, cut open and squeezed, almost a liter of water can be extracted from each meter long root. A single plant may have as many as eight of these long, orange soft-tissued roots.
The desert sponge is found only in deep desert of Qeshir. It grows from rocky crevasses in the deep desert and is difficult to find.
Deep desert rangers and scouts often dig up these roots as an alternate source of water when they can find it. On more than one occassion, this root has saved the lives of people lost in the desert.
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