Edit: I consolidated my sandboxes (sorry for creating multiples, I'm new) just scroll down for the one to which this thread pertains!
LEZ DO IT
In all, this SCP is about a very common topic: 'thing that you eat what kill you'. It also has sides of 'thing what be inside of you,' which is another common topic. That isn't a bad thing, but together they have really been done to death, so you'd need a really fantastic SCP to do them properly. This is a short, mediocre SCP as it stands.
Lots of seeds survive an animals digestive system, and tape-worm eggs frequently disperse throughout the body, ending up in tissues all over the body.
Deciduous trees can have oblong brightly colored fruit, pawpaws are delicious!
Do you think it might help if I added something about "distantly related to Asimina Triloba?"
The dubbed was in fact an orphaned word from a last minute edit. ><
Thank you for your critique!
Seeds =/= tapeworm eggs. Those suckers are special in that they are designed to make it through the digestive system.
You misunderstand. You are saying at first that xxxq is the tree and that xxxq-01 is the fruit. In that bit you said that xxxq was an oblong, brightly colored fruit.
Hate it when that happens >.<
Ah, it should be it HAS x fruit, sorry. Basically most fruit use animals for free transport and some nourishing dung. This one has learned it doesn't need to settle for the dung, if it germinates early it can have a whole corpse.
Edit: Although making the plant symbiotic with a parasitic worm might be worth considering.
This one has learned it doesn't need to settle for the dung, if it germinates early it can have a whole corpse.
The reason that works, though, is because both parties get something out of it: the plant gets transportation and fertilizer, and the animal gets nutrients. Your proposed plant doesn't benefit the animal at all, and in fact prevents it from reproducing again, which means that in the long run, natural selection is going to favor any animals that don't eat the fruit, meaning that the plant's ingenious strategy is for naught.
The only way something like this could work, evolutionarily speaking, would be if it were exceedingly rare, so that the odds of running into one of the fruits would be so low that there'd be no selection pressure against it.
Of course, if it's exceedingly rare, then that means its distribution strategy hasn't been working very well.
If the effect only happened sometimes (like every 31 years, say), or only happened to fruit at a very specific level of ripeness — some kind of situation where the fruit usually benefited animals that ate it, and only occasionally killed them — then it could work.
The degree to which you want to be evolutionarily correct, obviously, is up to you, but that's the sort of detail that will break suspension of disbelief for some people.
One of my SCPs, SCP-506, pretty much has this effect if you eat it, and I just mention it in passing, because other things about it are more interesting.
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