Symmonds Tree

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Symmonds Tree
Base Information
Classification Chemotroph
Terrain Forest
Locomotion Sessile
Size Large
Speed 0.0 kph (Sessile)
Strength n/a
Social Structure Large groups (groves)
Weapons None
Armor None
Source
Homeworld Medurma (Dagudashaag 2124)
Multi-world No
Canon No
Extinct Extant
Reference No results

The Symmonds Tree (Caligoarbor subtilis symmondsi) is a thick-stemmed "bush" which grows to perhaps eight meters in height. Native to Medurma (Dagudashaag 2124).

Physiology and ecology[edit]

Strangely, many aspects of the Symmonds Tree's biochemistry still defy analysis, and it has yet to be placed satisfactorily in the Medurman evolutionary scheme.

Life Cycle and reproduction[edit]

The Symmonds tree reproduces by rhizomes, underground stems growing outward from the base of the plant. These appear different from the hyphae, used for feeding of the plant.

Diet and trophics[edit]

The plant appears to be chemosynthetic, and is a symbiont with an underground network of hyphae or nutrient-carrying tubes, which can extend for many kilometers.

History and background[edit]

The Symmonds Tree has proved to be a rich source of precursor chemicals for certain pharmaceuticals, including fibrillates, nerve growth factors, and other key ingredients for Anagathics. It can be processed into Symal, a soya-like protein.

Pharmaceutical Company Interest[edit]

The following companies have established a presence on Medurma (Dagudashaag 2124) and are actively harvesting, researching, and manufacturing pharmaceuticals based on the Symmonds Tree:

Symmonds Xenoculture - founded in 318, it is perhaps the oldest company interested in the Symmonds Tree.
DeepLevel Harvesting - formed in 862 to break Symmonds Xenoculture's monopoly on the Symmonds Tree harvesting.
Nei'Tan Corporation - a biomedical co-operative run by the Snow Leopard tribe of Alikasch on Medurma (Dagudashaag 2124).
Pharmacologique Fabrique - has taken a recent interest in the Symmonds Tree and its potential.
SuSAG - the Imperial megacorporation specializing in pharmaceuticals has also taken a recent interest in the Symmonds Tree and its potential.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society classifies Symmonds tree as non-threatening to most sophonts and makes no special advisory regarding this organism.

References and contributors[edit]

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