Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3
Bumping into one will dislodge one or two seeds in Pikmin 2, but it won't undergo any change. In Pikmin 3, throwing a Pikmin into it will dislodge all its seeds. Apart from that, they have no particular function. They are one of the rarest species in Pikmin 2, appearing in only one above ground area and one challenge mode level. They also appear in many levels of Pikmin Adventure.
In Hey! Pikmin, Seeding Dandelions are not much taller than the Pikmin themselves, and they serve as a stopping point for Pikmin. When Pikmin are thrown in this game, they either walk towards a treasure, or walk back to Captain Olimar's side. If the player needs thrown Pikmin to stay in a certain spot until they are called, chances are a Seeding Dandelion will be there. As per the cutscene near the start of the Pollution Pool, when a Pikmin noticed a bed of Seeding Dandelions, it cannot resist the urge to jump right on top of the plants and bounce around. These plants also play a big role in the very same area, where Captain Olimar needs to keep the Pikmin busy in a different platform while he himself swims through a pond or builds a bridge, so that he may call them on the other side when he's ready.
“It is believed that this plant produces tufted seeds with a parachute-like arm, which allows the seeds to ride gently on the wind. This increases the distribution range of the plant considerably.”
“Dried, roasted, and finely ground, the root of this plant makes a passable coffee substitute.”
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