Indigenous to Thailand and from the northern Malay Peninsula to Borneo and New Guineau, the Kratom tree typically grows in marshy regions. Although it will sometimes grow as tall as 12 to 16 meters, more commonly, it usually only grows to a height of 3 to 4 meters with a straight trunk and forked branches that grow upwards (light seeking).
Its psychoactive green leaves are characterized by a large oval surface area, typically 8 to 12cm long, tapared at each end. The plant bears yellow, round flowers that grow in clusters and winged seeds.
Mitragyna speciosa Korthals
Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee Family)
Forms and Subspecies: None
Also known as: Mitragyna religiosa, biak, biak-biak, gra-tom, katawn, kratom, katon, kutum, mabog, mambog, mitragyne.
Applications of Kratom
Mitragyna Speciosa’s dried leaves can be smoked, chewed or made into an extract. More commonly it’s made into a powder which allows for many more applications, the most popular of which is brewing into a tea. For more information, please refer to the ‘How To Use‘ page.