Mitragyna speciosa or Kratom is a medicinal plant grown from the large trees belonging to Rubiaceae family, aplenty of which are found in the southeast regions of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. The tree features dark green and ovate-acuminate-shaped leaves. The flowers are yellow in color and globular clustered in shape. Usually a kratom tree is 12-30ft in height whereas it's width is only 15ft.
There are two different varieties of kratom plant – Red Vein and White Vein. In different regions of Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia, the plant is known by several nicknames like biak biak, ithang, kakuam, ketum, krathom and thom. Even before it's medicinal properties were discovered by the 19th century Western botanists, the natives of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia had already been using it for a long period of time. Both white and red vein kratom products are found in different forms such as dried leaves, fresh leaves, small pellets, paste, powder and even plant extract.
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