Hedyotis diffusa

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Hedyotis diffusa
Oldenlandia diffusa.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Hedyotis
Species: H. diffusa
Binomial name
Hedyotis diffusa

Hedyotis diffusa (Chinese: 白花蛇舌草; pinyin: báihuā shéshécǎo; literally: "white flower snake-tongue grass", sometimes abbreviated to 蛇舌草 shéshécǎo[1]) is a kind of herb used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is sometimes combined with Siraitia grosvenorii (simplified Chinese: 罗汉果; traditional Chinese: 羅漢果; pinyin: luóhànguǒ) to make hot drinks like Lohoguo of Guongsei (simplified Chinese: 罗汉果蛇舌草精; traditional Chinese: 羅漢果蛇舌草精; pinyin: luóhànguǒ shéshécǎo jīng) or Luohanguo Pearl and Sheshecao Beverage.[2]

Wild Hedyotis diffusa can be found in China, Japan, and Nepal.


  1. ^ A query for 蛇舌草 on dict.cn gives the definition HERBA HEDYOTIS DIFFUSAE
  2. ^ for example "Luohanguo Pearl and Sheshecao Beverage". 2012-07-18. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01.