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Siraitia grosvenorii, is a perennial climbing plant native to southern China. It is one of four species of the genus Siraitia. He is known by the synonym of Momordica grosvenorii and Thladiantha grosvenorii. Other Siraitia species are Siraitia siamensis growing in Thailand, Siraitia sikkimensis and Siraitia silomaradjae growing in India, and Siraitia taiwaniana growing in Taiwan.
The plant grows 3 to 5 m long, growing vertically by clinging and wrapping around other plants. The heart-shaped leaves are 10 to 20 cm long. The oval-shaped fruit, 5-7 cm in diameter, contains a sweet, edible pulp and many seeds. Its fruit is better known by its Chinese name luo han guo (罗汉果, 羅漢果, luóhàn guǒ, "fruit of the arhat").
An extract of the fruit is 300 times sweeter than sucrose and is used as a natural food sweetener and an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine. Intense sweetening glycosides, mogroside V, mogroside IV and siamenoside I which are responsible for the sweetness of the fruit.