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Glycyrrhiza is a genus of about 18 accepted species in the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae), with a subcosmopolitan distribution in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
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The genus is best known for liquorice (British English; licorice in American English), which is the product of G. glabra, a species native to the Mediterranean region. Very little G. glabra is grown in North America, but American Licorice G. lepidota is a common native species there.
Russian Liquorice (G. echinata) and Chinese Liquorice (G. uralensis, Chinese: gāncǎo, 甘草; lit. "sweet grass" or "sweet herb") are also cultivated, the latter being important in traditional Chinese medicine.
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