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Chrysanthemum family

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The chrysanthemum family contains three species, two classed as enemies, and one as a plant, much in the same way as the Pikmin. This family is based on the real-life chrysanthemum genus. Members belong to the luminosus and taraxacum genus.


Creeping Chrysanthemum[edit]

Icon for the Creeping Chrysanthemum, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Creeping Chrysanthemum.

Scientific name: Taraxacum rovinia

The Creeping Chrysanthemum is a carnivorous member of the Chrysanthemum family. In Pikmin 2 it is a large plant-like creature with a red mouth, two eyes on its shoulders disguised as flowers, and two arm-like tentacles that it uses to move around; in Pikmin 4 it has a more froglike body and legs as well as a long tongue that it uses to catch prey.

This creature disguises itself as a Margaret, rising up out of the ground and attacking prey that ventures near; as such, they are often found near real Margarets. It can be distinguished from a Margaret because its eyes are visible when camouflaged.


Artwork of a margaret.
Main article: Margaret.

Scientific name: Luminosus croeaus

Margarets are yellow, dandelion-like plants. They tend to grow in bright places, such as the Awakening Wood. Creeping Chrysanthemums are often found where there are many of these plants.

Startle Spore[edit]

Icon for the Startle Spore, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Startle Spore.

Scientific name: Taraxacum fungenesus

The Startle Spore disguises itself as a cluster of mushrooms rather than as a plant, and leaves behind pools of poisonous liquid when it attacks.


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Chrysanthemums are a real-world family of flowers, and greatly resemble the in-game family's members.

Interestingly, the Creeping Crysanthemum has the genus Taraxacum, even though it is not part of the dandelion family. In real life, this is impossible, as different species cannot be in the same genus and different families.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 1. キク科 (Margaret)
2. キクヅモリ科 (Creeping Crysanthemum)?
1. Kiku ka
2. Kikudzumori ka
1. Asteraceae; shared with the dandelion family.
2. From 菊作り? (lit.: "chrysanthemum growing") and つもり? (lit.: "pretender")
Flag of France French chrysanthèmes Chrysanthemum
Flag of Germany German Chrysanthemen
Flag of South Korea Korean 국화흉내 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Asteráceas Asteraceae
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Crisantemos Chrysanthemums

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