Nuzleaf is a bipedal Pokémon with a single green leaf atop its head. The leaf is smaller on the female. This Pokémon is mostly brown with a beige mask marking on its face. Its bulky thighs are also beige and have thin striations, and there are what appear to be two nipples on its chest. It has thin arms with mitten-like hands. If its long, pointed nose is grabbed, Nuzleaf will lose its power.
Using the leaf on its head as a flute, it makes music with leaves that creates a sense of unease in people. However, it can also play comforting melodies. Nuzleaf lives in tropical forests and is skilled at climbing, but it will come out of the forest to frighten people. It has an odd power that manifests as the move Extrasensory; its former signature move.
Multiple Nuzleaf appeared in Jump For Joy!, where they were living in an old tree with several Seedot and a Shiftry. One of them was sick and required attention from Nurse Joy, who had to be kidnapped by Shiftry in order to accomplish this.
A colony of Seedot and Nuzleaf appeared in Leave it to Brocko!. One of the Nuzleaf got separated from its colony and Brock and Sudowoodo had to bring it home before Team Rocket could steal it. This Nuzleaf also seemed to be fast friends with Brock's Sudowoodo, even when Sudowoodo was a Bonsly.
A Nuzleaf appeared in Zoroark: Master of Illusions as one of the many local Pokémon living in Crown City. It worked together with the other Pokémon in surrounding Zorua in the park to attack him, angry for what Zoroark did to the city. Before a fight could break out, Nuzleaf, along with the other Pokémon, were calmed down by Celebi.
In Nixing Nuzleaf, Ruby met a wild Nuzleaf in Petalburg City that sprang out at him with other wild Pokémon. It briefly engaged in battle with Mumu until Mumu grabbed it by its long nose, prompting it to run away.
Nuzleaf may be based on an acorn, and possibly Pinocchio as well. They may also be based on the tengu, tricky Japanese goblins who are known for their long noses, cruel tricks, ability to read minds, and the ranks of 小天狗 ko-tengu, tengu of lesser rank. Its tendency to use a flute to cause fear in others is reminiscent of Pan, the Greek god of nature, who played reed pipes and was known for the ability to strike inherent terror into the hearts of others.
Nuzleaf may be a combination of nuzzle or nose and leaf.
Konohana is a combination of 木の葉 konoha (leaves) and 鼻 hana (nose). It may also literally be 巨の鼻 konohana (big nose).