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  • Siraitia grosvenorii is a herbaceous perennial vine of the Cucurbitaceae family, native to southern China and northern Thailand. The plant is cultivated for its fruit, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a natural low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks, and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity. The plant's fruit is often called in English language publications luo han guo or lo han kuo. It may also be called la han qua, arhat fruit, Buddha fruit, monk fruit, or longevity fruit. The scientific species name honors Gilbert Grosvenor who as president of the National Geographic Society helped to fund an expedition in the 1930s to find the living plant where it was being cultivated.

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