Item #: SCP-496

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-496 is to be cultured in rainforest-grade soil, which is to be fertilized once weekly with standard bovine manure. Two Level-3 horticulturalists are to attend SCP-496 once daily, accompanied by one Level-2 security officer. Daily requirements of SCP-496 include watering via standard misting bottle, examination of soil samples for anaerobic bacteria levels, and, if necessary, pruning. In the case of the last requirement, excess plant growth is to be trimmed using hazmat suits and disposed of in a vacuum-sealed thermostatic container.

Under no circumstances are Level-3 personnel or lower to consume trimmings from SCP-496 via any method, including but not limited to gastrointestinal ingestion, inhalation of burnt vapors, or anal suppository.

Description: SCP-496 is a vespertine flower, identified as Datura aeternitatis, which grows naturally in very limited locations in the South American rainforest. SCP-496 is unique from all other forms of genus Datura in that it contains an inverted atropine molecule which is cross-bonded via a four-dimensional lattice.

When the plant is consumed, the hyperspatial molecules interfere with the neural pathways of the brain in a manner similar to other psychotropic drugs, with one important exception: the new cross-dimensional connections made in the brain do not merely alter the perceptions of events, but rather the events themselves. The effects of the drug appear to be cumulative in respect to time, but not dosage. Users who have been observed consuming rather small amounts of the plant over an extended period of time seem to have an almost preternatural familiarity with the fabric of space; on the other hand, large amounts of the drug taken at once result in localized disintegration of the neural network, creating an acute incoherence which resembles low-functioning autism. Consuming extreme amounts of the drug ends in massive cerebral hemorrhaging (often through "warp holes" in the material of the brain), complete breakdown of the autonomic systems, vegetative coma, and death.

The plant was originally discovered during an excursion to ████████, Brazil, during which Team ████ ███ recovered SCP-███. A remote tribe of indigenous Brazilians, closely related to the Yanomamo, were used as guides. The Team leader recorded during the excursion that the tribesmen seemed to have rather unusual prescience, as well as an apparent ability to 'walk through trees' and hunt and kill the natural fauna using only the power of thought. Research into nearby archaeological sites and local folklore revealed that the unique Datura flower was heavily ingested by the tribe, usually in the form of a bitter steeped tea.

A return expedition to the area, with the intention of capturing the source of the tribe's abilities, was almost a complete disaster. Despite the presence of both Team ████ ███ and Team █████ █████, both of whom were heavily armed and equipped with a number of SCP-derived upgrades, the stone-age level tribe was able to hold both Teams at bay for a total of seventeen days, using abilities ranging from ███████ to █████ ███████ to █████████. Team ████ ███ was eventually successful in overpowering the tribe, following an emergency drop-shipment of the then-newly-commissioned "Lotto Steppers".

Addendum: Experimentation with SCP-496 is allowed only by triple-signed Level-4 affidavit, which must also be approved by a minimum of one O-level observer.

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