Botanica is a minor, albeit important, character in Beast Machines. Like Optimus Primal and his crew, she was on an exploration team of her own, but she took the form of a plant instead of an animal. When she returned home, her ship was shot down by Megatron himself, and the Maximals raced Thrust to the crash site, only to be ambushed by Botanica. After discovering that the strange plant-like creature was a transformer, Optimus reformatted her, making her technorganic. She then proceeded to join the Maximals and fight for their cause.