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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Mesona

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Mesona is a genus of herbs in the mint family (Lamiaceae) found in Asia, with about 8–10 species.[2] The name derives from the Greek meso- ‘middle’, as the author found it possessing characteristics intermediate between basil and scullcap, other genera in the same family.[3]

A widely consumed species in this genus is Mesona chinensis (synonyms M. elegans and M. procumbens),[2] or xiancao (仙草) in Mandarin, sian-chháu in Taiwanese, leung fan cao (涼粉草) in Cantonese, and sương sáo in Vietnamese. It is eaten as a snack in drinks, or set as a gel and served as a grass jelly.

In Indonesia the Mesona palustris leaf is used to make a black jelly; there is also an instant powder variety available.


  1. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2012). World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. CRC Press. p. 2489. ISBN 978-1-4200-8044-5. See Bijdragen tot de flora van Nederlandsch Indië 838. 1826 and Taiwania 43(1):38–58. 1998. 
  2. ^ a b Flora of China
  3. ^ Don, George (1838). General History of the Dichlamydeous Plantus. London. p. 675. from μέσος, mesos, middle; so called because the genus was supposed by the author to be intermediate between Ocymum and Scutellaria. 

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