Braccka Plant

Basic Information

Anatomy

Thin, single stranded, kelp-like plants that anchor themselves to rocks on the sea floor. The males tend to be predominantly brown in colour, while the female plants are more green. The female plants also generate floating lily-pad like leaves, called Caps; the purpose of which, has yet to be discovered.

Genetics and Reproduction

This plant can reproduce asexually, via budding (this is often carried out by farmers) or sexually (using fish that shelter in them to pollinate their fruits). The reproductive material of the plants is contained in the Brucc layer (a thin slime layer that is used to defend the plant), which allows certain fish to transport it between mature individuals.   After the fruit has been pollinated, it is released and floats quickly to the surface. From here, it will float for about a week before losing its buoyancy and sinking to the ocean floor. This allows the Braccka Plants to expand their forests and reduce intraspecific competition.

Growth Rate & Stages

These plants mature within four months of the seed pod sinking and anchoring to stones on the seabed. Once the roots have taken hold, the fruit is digested by the plant, and the outer skin dissolves.    After this, the plants grow quickly and mature in approximately eight months, allowing for rapid colonization of new areas.

Ecology and Habitats

These plants prefer temperate ocean climes and rocky sea floors. They cannot colonize areas with gravelly, silty, or sandy seabed's, as large rocks are essential for them to anchor on. On Eukrosh, they are found along certain parts of the  the Omíchli Coast and across most of the eastern coast of Kahi'ore.

Dietary Needs and Habits

This plant passively filters most of the nutrients it needs from the water it resides in, and undergoes photosynthesis for most of the day.   To protect itself and it's fruits from predators, the plant produces a slime layer. This slime layer - known as Brucc - contains a fairly strong aphrodisiac, if a creature is exposed in sufficient volumes it can cause cardiac arrest.

Biological Cycle

These plants have a stable seasonal growth and produce fruit three times a year. The Braccka Plant has a lifespan of approximately four years, at which point its roots wither, it is released, and it decays along the surface of the ocean.

Additional Information

Domestication

Braccka has not been domesticated, as it is has extremely aggressive defense mechanisms. Farmers have been attempting to create strains that do not produce the Brucc layer. These efforts have thus far yielded poor results, as many local fish will eat the plants when it isn't protected by this slime layer.

Uses, Products & Exploitation

This plant is farmed for its fruit, Brucc and strands.   The fruit of this plant has a lime-green outer skin, that is about an inch thick. The fruit is similar in shape and size to coconuts. The edible part of the fruit within is black in colour, and is a solid mass surrounding a heavy seed. These fruits float for about a week after being released from the parent plant, and then sink to the ocean floor. This aids in expanding forests. When opening the fruit, check the colour of the meat. If it is black or grey it is safe to eat. It is unpalatable and causes vomitting/nausea if it has "bled" and become a faint red color.   The Brucc of the plant is also used as a primary component of Breva, a powerful psychedelic drug, that also acts as a spiritual and performance enhancer. Very few people risk harvesting this slime layer, as there is a great amount of risk to personal healthy, and it is illegal to do so.   Lastly, once a plant has died, the long, leafy tendrils can be harvested and dried in the sun. This causes them to smell much like rotten seaweed, but unlike kelp, these strands act more like a weak, silk fabric. It is absorbent, and slow drying, making it excellent for bandages.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

They are distributed in clusters, called 'forests', along the south-eastern coast of Eukrosh.

Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms

Some fish species, such as clown fish, congregate in these forests, as they are immune to the effects of Brucc. In exchange for the shelter the plant provides, the clown fish keep the plants clean of small organisms that might attempt to eat the plants leaf-strands.
Lifespan
3 years.
Average Height
10.3 - 14.4 feet.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Typically these plants are a semi-transparent kelp-brown colour, with sea green blotches.
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27 Mar, 2021 18:33

Very cool plant. I enjoy kelp and kelp forests. my only question is there anything larger that naturally eats it, possibly to gain the properties or harvest the Brucc. Thinking of the urchins that can decimate actual kelp forests if the otter population gets too decimated. but that is my biology/ecology focused mind. Great work.

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5 Apr, 2021 02:02

I appreciate the feed back! I like to think that this aggressive defense is similar to the trichomes and sap of Hogweed. Its super aggressive, and to the best of my knowledge, nothing has found a way to work around it (yet).

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3 Apr, 2021 12:05

Nice planta and article!   " The reproductive material of the plants is contained in the Brucc layer," I think you need an explanation of "Brucc layer" either in the text or in a tooltip to explain what it is. – I see that you explain that later, but the explanation is also needed here.   " Farmers have been creating" that sentence is unfinished.   " When opening the fruit, check the colour of the meat. If it is black or grey it is safe to eat." When colour does it become when it's not safe to eat?   So who does harvest the Brucc? Is it sold on the back market? Do those people have their own farm or do they go into other people's farm to harvest it when they're not there? Do teenagers ever just go into a farm and try to take a bit for themselves? I'd imagine some people would do if it was just available like that, and "aphrodisiac" would be attractive to lots of people.

5 Apr, 2021 02:09

I appreciate the feed back! I corrected some of the errors you noted and expanded the info in some spots.   Regarding the harvesting of Brucc, I touch on much of it in my article on Breva (a narcotic that is made primarily from Brucc).

9 Apr, 2021 12:11

Cool plant and article! It has quite an interesting reproduction method and defence mechanism. I was a bit confused though at the start since the plant needs fish to pollinate but also seems to keep them away. But in the end you explained that the clownfish are immune so I assume they do most of the pollinating? Perhaps this could be mentioned earlier in the article as well then :)   In all nice read!

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9 Apr, 2021 20:17

Thanks for the feed back! I'll definitely try to un-convolute things a bit.

13 Apr, 2021 20:08

Note to self: Claim to be studying a way to produce the plant without the slime, but harvest the slime and run a drug cartel instead.

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14 Apr, 2021 02:35

I'm sure some old scholar in Piyo tried, prior to it's annexation at least.

14 Apr, 2021 19:19

Hi Oliver! Nice creation of a kelp-like plant (I think you're the only entry of this kind). I like the details you've included for how the plant's pollinators are fish and the embedding of the seed into the rock floor/consumption of the fruit. I was a little confused at your inclusion of farmers throughout your article while stating that Braccka isn't domesticated. I also noticed a small spelling for "yielding" in the Domestication section. My biggest question for you is, has anyone attempted to sell / peddle Bracc for its aphrodisiac properties?

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24 Apr, 2021 19:25

I appreciate the questions and feedback! To answer the domestication question, the definition is different between animals and plants. For animals it's considered domestic if it requires humans for survival, or survives better in our company (which is why cows and dogs are domesticated, but the house-cat and most birds are semi-domesticated). With plants, it is considered domesticated once it can be easily harvested and grown. A good example of a cultivated plant that is not domesticated would be the Sea-Buckthorn shrub. It has very firm berry attachment and large spines, making harvesting rather difficult, but it is still cultivated in Mongolia, Russia, northern China, and Canada. Regarding the sale of Brucc, part of the reason it's not mentioned is I am planning on using this article as a primer for a 5e campaign in the future, and I want my players to discover it as they go. Feel free to send me a private-message and I'd be happy to share some more details with you!