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Rendered model of a Banandelion in Super Mario Galaxy.
Model of a Banandelion from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Banandelions[1] (alternatively spelled banande lions),[2] also referred to as dandelions,[3] are tall flowers that appear in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and the Super Mario Galaxy games. When one is spun next to, it gives the player a jump boost.


Donkey Kong Jungle Beat / New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

Donkey Kong being flung by a Banandelion in New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Donkey Kong swinging on a Banandelion in an early version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

Banandelions first appear in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, where they are usually found in grass-themed levels. Donkey Kong can cling to one by clapping near it. Pounding on the bongos, alternating between the two drums, or flicking the control stick causes Donkey Kong to swing along the stem toward the top, and at the top the flower automatically flings Donkey Kong in the opposite direction. The flower portion has numerous designs depending on the specific plant, appearing in different shapes and colors and sometimes being just a bud. Sometimes, the length of the stalk varies as well.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Banandelion from Honeyhive Galaxy.
Bee Mario next to a Banandelion in the Honeyhive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy

Banandelions reappear in Super Mario Galaxy with a consistent lavender design. When Mario spins next to one, he automatically grabs on to it, much like he would with a Sproutle Vine. He can also grab on to a Banandelion by simply jumping toward its long stem. Once Mario has grabbed on to one, he must spin repeatedly, which causes him to gradually travel farther up the long stem of the flower. When he gets to the end of the flower, it flings him through the air to another area. The flower itself is usually curved to the side in a particular direction. This indicates the location of the area that it flings Mario to when he spins next to it, as it is always curved away from the area that it flings Mario to.

Banandelions are first seen in the missions Bee Mario Takes Flight and Big Bad Bugaboom of the Honeyhive Galaxy. In the former, the player encounters two Banandelions on the flower planet, and they must be used so that Mario can successfully reach one of several spinning flower platforms floating just above the planet's surface and subsequently progress through the level. In the latter, the player must make their way to the Bugaboom Planet by using Banandelions found on two small platforms next to the planet. Several Banandelions are also positioned at various intervals around the perimeter of the Bugaboom Planet, and they can be used to fling Mario into the air to attack Bugaboom as the battle progresses. A Banandelion also appears in the Gold Leaf Galaxy in the mission Star Bunnies on the Hunt. The player must use this Banandelion to access part of the starting planet that is normally inaccessible without it in order to collect all five blue Star Chips and continue through the mission.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Banandelion from Rightside Down Galaxy.
Mario about to use a Banandelion in Rightside Down Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Banandelions return in Super Mario Galaxy 2, behaving exactly the same as in Super Mario Galaxy. They first appear in Rightside Down Galaxy in the missions Breaking the Laws of Gravity and The Great Crate Incinerator. In both missions, the player must use Banandelions in certain areas to fling Mario to different locations with varying directions of gravity. The final appearance of the Banandelion in this game comes in Honeyhop Galaxy. In this galaxy, two Banandelions are encountered: one on the Starting Planet and one on the Queen Bee Planet. On both planets, the Banandelions are used to allow Mario to reach high-up areas that would normally be inaccessible without the use of the plants.

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/Creeper.arc Creeper -

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つる花[4][5]
Tsuru Hana
Vine Flower

Italian Stelo di fiore
Fiore Rampicante[6]
Flower stem
Climbing Flower
Spanish Tallo


  1. ^ "DK will spin toward the tip of a Banandelion and perform a big jump!" – New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ "Swing to the tip and a banande lion will fling DK into the air." – Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet, page 11.
  3. ^ "Upon entering the Honey Hive Galaxy, Mario must battle this six-legged Mandibug. Defeating it requires three direct hits. Ground-pound it as quickly as possible. Climb a dandelion stalk and jump on his back with a ground pound again. Power up to Bee Mario for the final blow, and your prize will be a Power Star!" – Flavor text for Bugaboom. Super Mario Galaxy Trading Card Fun Pak!. Published 2007. Accessed 10 Mar 2021.
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Shogakukan book. Page 12.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 136.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 136