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SCP-xxxx : Roots Revival

Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures:

Whilst this anomaly is currently uncontained, Foundation scientists are working to engineer novel subspecies of common pathogens and parasites so as to be capable of controlling the population of SCP-xxxx without critically impacting their native ecosystems. Time may be afforded to the thorough development and trial of these species so as to minimise the risk of unwanted/unintended consequence; the risk presented by this anomaly is deemed low, with the caveat that this assessment is based on limited data, and that the rate of proliferation may increase at any time whilst the precise mechanisms of its replication remain unknown.

In the interim efforts are to be made to locate and neutralise existing instances; a misinformational campaign will establish SCP-xxxx as a rare and dangerous pathogen Ash Ridge Canker, reportable to the Foundation via local agencies.

Description:

Scp-xxxx is the designation for all instances of the deciduous perennial plant Polyanimus fraxinoides ‘Spriale’.

There is a slight yet statistically significant chance that any given plant seed will, when propagated, develop into an instance of SCP-xxxx, regardless of the seed’s apparent genetic content or the genus of its apparent progenitor/s.

The mature tree closely resembles the European ash Fraxinus excelsior, differentiable by a slight ridge running vertically down the smooth bark of the trunk. This ridge is observed to steadily rotate around the tree as it puts on new growth, completing one full rotation each year in a healthy, mature specimen.

SCP-xxxx exhibits a novel growth pattern whereby instead of forming distinct rings of annual growth separated by barrier tissues the cambium forms in a continuous clockwise spiral.

This adaptation confers no evident evolutionary benefit, moreover by neglecting to implement the standard systems of barrier defence it greatly elevates the risk of any infection spreading throughout the organism.

In addition to this, the specimens lack the cellular mechanisms required to employ adaptive growth in response to physical stresses, making them prone to structural failure. Every healthy instance of scpxxxx appears structurally identical, exhibiting a standard pattern of branch, leaf and root distribution unless physically obstructed from doing so.

Any seeds produced by instances of SCP-xxxx are apparently unviable.

Whilst the tree possesses an abundance of pinnately compound leaves containing chloroplasts and does employ photosynthesis in the production of ATP, this product appears to entirely dematerialise with no chemical reaction nor resultant byproducts. This appears to be in direct violation of the principles of the conservation of mass and energy, potentially indicative of a flaw in our current model of physics.

The plant appears to derive the majority of its caloric intake from an anomalously replenishing endosperm-like resource at its base. Likewise, this appears to violate the principles of the conservation of mass and energy.

It has been observed that, during the natural lifecycle of the plant, energy dematerialised in the form of ATP appears to exceed energy materialised in the form of endosperm-like resource by up to 40%. The plant’s remaining energy requirements are met through parasitism of diverse local lifeforms. This is achieved via specialised haustoria.

It is our tentative conclusion that the organism, and, by extension, any ecosystem system universe containing it, is not intradimensionally homeostatic does not exhibit homeostatic control of energy within the bounds of the open system known as base reality.

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