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Scalespray is a tree-like plant native to Roshar.
Appearance and Anatomy
Scalespray is a relatively tall tree, with a trunk about the height of an adult human topped by a crown of fronds reaching far higher. The trunk grows in a characteristic shape of overlapping bark with the appearance of scales, presumably the source of the scalespray's name. At the very top of its crown, scalespray grows a single stalk containing smaller leaves and a large cluster of seeded fruit, each the size of a man's fist.
Like many Rosharan plants, scalespray is able to protect itself from highstorms. When the tree needs protection, the crown of fronds withdraws into the trunk, with only the tips visible. The trunk itself compacts, becoming shorter and more squat. The scale-like bark gives the tree sufficient flexibility to alter its shape for maximum protection, reducing its overall height by nearly half. The fruit remains exposed when the fronds and trunk are retracted.
Given its inclusion in Shallan's sketchbook alongside stumpweight, snarlbrush, and markel, it is likely that scalespray can be found in Alethkar and Jah Keved, or possibly the environs of Kharbranth.
When scalespray is in its retracted form, its fruit can be easily harvested by humans. The specific uses of the fruit are unknown.