How do Kratom strains get their names?

Kratom of all colors

Scientifically speaking there is only one species of Kratom trees which can have red, white and green veined leaves. Most of the vendors do not have different Kratom trees with assorted colors on the trees, but many trees that can have all colors mixed-up up on the same branch, even horned. Kratom is usually not separated based on vein color, size of leaf or presence of horns by many people.

We are proud to say that for our products Borneo Green, Borneo White, and Borneo Red our farm offers different selected trees with purely red, white and green veins. In general, the product name is mostly linked to the drying method which has a considerable influence on the appearance of the final product and the alkaloid profile.




How Kratom strains are named is probably one of the most confusing things in the industry.

The common understanding is that the origin combined with the vein color leads to the name of the strain. For example, Bali Red, Green Malay, Yellow Vietnam, White Indonesian.

One reason why this makes no sense is that for example on Bali, Kratom is not really cultivated. Meaning there are no Kratom farms on Bali. So how could there be Kratom that originates in Bali? In countries like Vietnam or Malaysia Kratom is prohibited. People cultivating and exporting Kratom from these countries would risk high punishments if they were caught doing that. These strains, which may have their origin in these areas, have the same prices as regular Kratom from Indonesia. For us that is hard to believe and makes no sense.

The truth is that for marketing purposes product names that may imply beneficial information like a special origin simply are made up.

There are also strains that have words like horned or elephant within their names. Even if there are leaves that have a horned texture, to our knowledge these are just mixed with the other leaves. Therefore, this would not qualify for naming a strain horned.

Elephant Kratom is perceived as being produced out of really big leaves. There are two pieces of information we have about this special strain we want to share with you. Number one is that some vendors are mixing big leaves of another plant, often from the Mitragyna family like Mitragyna hirsuta, with kratom leaves and sell this as Elephant Kratom. Some vendors even take completely different plants. For both scenarios’ elephant kratom does not promise a good quality Kratom product.

This is the reason we don’t offer that so-called strain to our customers. The reason a seller in Borneo offers so many strains is a response to what buyers want. There is a huge demand for an exotic range of different strains, so sellers invent them to fulfill demand and some even offer 52+ “strains”.

What we do in accordance to solve this confusing situation is that we communicate openly and try to be as transparent as possible. Our essential strains such as Borneo Red, Borneo White, Borneo Green etc. are from the Island Borneo and are assorted according to the vein color.

We also offer strains like Bali or Thai, but for those we clearly communicate that those are strains we are mixing ourselves

We also offer strains like Bali or Thai, but for those we clearly communicate that those are strains we are mixing ourselves with different essential strains and they were not cultivated in the addressed locations. If we offer Malaysian strains, we make sure to communicate that those have been cultivated near the Malayan border, but still in Indonesia.

We do not offer essential strains from Thailand, Vietnam, or Malaysia because we don’t trust these strains to actually be from there and don’t want to support illegal international kratom trade which also leads to exploitation of nature and workers at the expense of the product. Being honest about these things is important to us and we will continue to do so.

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