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Mitragyna parvifolia seeds, related to Kratom

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Mitragyna parvifolia seeds, related to Kratom
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Mitragyna parvifolia is related to Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa). They both belong to the family of the Rubiaceae, the coffee family. It is native to Asia. M. parvifolia is also known as Kaim or Kadamb.
M. parvifolia grows as a tree and reaches a height of about 3 to 12 m. In some cases it gets even 25 m high. The bark is grayish.
The leaves of the Kaim are simple and ovate oblong. They have short petioles and get 5 to 16 cm long and 2,5 to 10 cm wide. The leaves fall down in autumn, M. parvifolia is not evergreen.
The flowers are hermaphrodites, zygomorphic and have a very pleasant odor. They get 12 mm long and stand together in umbellate inflorescences.
The fruit is a capsule that contains the seeds. Sometimes the calyx is still around the matured fruit. The seeds are flat and have wings at each end. They are distributed with the wind.
The Kaim is used in medicine. But until today one does not know which substances have the healing effect. Due to that fact one should abandon consumption.
One knows that M. parvifolia contains, especially in the root, the bark and the leaves, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins and alkaloids. Two of the alkaloids shall help against Diabetes type II. Traditionally M. parvifolia is used inside the body against cough, fever, stomachache, abdominal pain and other stuff like that. Furthermore it can be used as a tranquillizer for example for panic attacks. It has nearly no side effects compared to other medicaments. External the leaves can be used to fasten wound healing. In addition M. parvifolia shall work as an aphrodisiac. An extraction made of the dried leaves is said to raise the well- being and it shall also give energy.


Cultivation
The seeds of M. parvifolia can be planted without any pretreatment 0,5 cm deep into the substrate. At a temperature of about 25°C and constant moist substrate germination occurs after 3 to 6 weeks. The Kaim is relatively demand less.

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