Mitragyna speciosa belongs to Rubiaceae family which includes Coffee, gardenias, and Kratom. Mitragyna speciosa grows well in swampy areas, and is indigenous to countries in South-East Asia.
It grows wild mainly in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua
New Guinea and it is cultivated mostly for its leaves. It can be a deciduous or evergreen tree depending on the location, its environment, and the temperature it is grown.
Mitragyna speciosa trees are between 13 and 30 feet; but they can grow up to 40 and 70 feet tall. The leaves can grow to over 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. These leaves are a round and have a heart shape base. The leaves can be dark green, yellow, or white.
Some strains have different vein colors including red and light green.
In Thailand, Mitragyna speciosa is commonly known as “Kratom”, Krathom, kakuam, ithang, or thom. In Malaysia it is known as “Biak-biak” or “Ketum”. and mambog in the Phillipines.
Not intended for human consumption.