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Bellossom is born as a raddish, grows into a derpy drooling bud, and then blossoms into a beautiful dancing flower. For such a simple elegant pokémon, Bellossom has a lot of cool pokédex entries, so let’s talk about some plants!
Bellossom’s official title is the Flower Pokémon, so let’s start by discussing exactly what a flower is. A flower is the reproductive organs of plants, where pollen can mix with ovules to create seeds and pass on genes to new generations of flowers.
Petals primarily serve to attract bees and other animals to the flower, which can help distribute pollen, which is why they are so bright and colorful. Also why they come in so many shapes and sizes; hummingbirds, for example, can more easily reach into long bell-shaped petals, giving the plant some control over choosing their pollinators.
Bellossom clearly has two flowers on her head, and a skirt made of yellow and green leaves. It’s flowers are said to change color when exposed to sunlight: and this does happen in real life to many flowers for a variety of reasons. This, for example, is called a Hibiscus mutabilis: it is white in the morning and changes color over the course of the day.
They don’t turn nearly as vibrant from indoor lights, and they don’t change color at all if kept in the refrigerator. Just like Bellossom, these flowers change color from exposure to sunlight. Specifically, an anthocyanin pigment is created in the petals through a chemical reaction. A reaction which, like photosynthesis, requires sunlight to happen.
Bellossom’s petals create pigments through a chemical reaction, which makes the flowers turn more vibrant in color when exposed to sunlight.
When Bellossom dances, she brings her own music. The pokédex tells us that her petals rub together to create a pleasant ringing sound. This could happen if her petals are very hard and rigid, clinging together to make sounds like a bell. Or maybe, it’s less like that and more like a real bell: If Bellossom has a loosened seed (which some plants do), it could rattle around inside of its pod and create a ringing sound that way. Her name is Bell-ossom after all.