Piantas(JP) are sentient, gelatinous humanoid beings with what appear to be palm trees growing from their heads, who live on Isle Delfino, but it seems that they originated from Pianta Village. Over time, they began to spread to other parts of the island and the world. Their first appearance was in Super Mario Sunshine, in which they blame Mario for all the goop that has spread around their once pristine tropical island. They are apparently unable to distinguish between Mario and the true culprit, Shadow Mario, with whom Mario admittedly shares a strong resemblance, a notable difference being Shadow Mario's transparent blue complexion. Shadow Mario is really a Bowser Jr. in disguise as revealed in Pinna Park. The Piantas are similar to Whatnots, Miis and Anything Muppets from wii and elsewhere and this type of utility race for characters are endlessly recycled as different characters in the Mario franchise.
Piantas exhibit gender differences to an extent, with males often going out in public shirtless, while females wear bikini tops.
They have also appeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Kart: Double Dash‼, Mario Kart Wii (Coconut Mall), and Mario Kart DS (Delfino Square). They have also appeared as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
They seem to have good relationships with the Noki, who share the island with the Piantas. They enjoy spending time together and hold festivals. In both Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, they have good chemistry with Nokis.
Unlike Nokis, however, Piantas display emotions: happiness and anger. When happy, they do a little dance and sing a small beat. When angry, they flail their arms and bellow gibberish.
The following colors of Piantas appear on the Mario franchise, some of the colors like Orange Gold, Fat Blue, Hot Pink and Pumpkin are based on Sesame Street's Anything Muppet species.
|Major allies||Princess Daisy • Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Toadsworth • Professor E. Gadd • Rosalina • Diddy Kong • Captain Toad • Toadette • Raphael the Raven • Baby Peach • Polari • Prince Peasley • Stuffwell • Starlow • Prince Dreambert • Geno • Mallow • Lubba • Goombario • Kooper • Bombette • Parakarry • Bow • Watt • Sushie • Lakilester • Goombella • Koops • Flurrie • Yoshi Kid • Vivian • Admiral Bobbery • Ms. Mowz • Tippi • Twink • Professor Frankly • Merlon • Kersti • Huey • Cappy • Rabbid Peach • Rabbid Luigi • Rabbid Mario • Rabbid Yoshi • Beep-0|
|Minor allies||Bob-omb Buddy • Cragnon • Dolphin • Luma • Noki • Pianta • Puni • Toad|