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Kratom at 60x magnification

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Stunning photographs of kratom leaves, veins and developing flowers under a microscope at 60x magnification. All plants in the photographs are seed-sown specimens from the Magick Powers Potions live mitragyna speciosa collection.


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A healthy mature kratom leaf under the microscope at 60x magnification. With a purplish-red underside and claret red veins, this leaf is a beauty. The tiny round circle in the middle right of the shot is a dust speck on the lens, and the white blur at the top of the vein is an artifact of the lighting.

A green veined young green leaf on a Costa Rican kratom plant under the microscope at 60x magnification. You can see the path water follows when it courses through the plant cells, hydrating the leaf.


The top side of a beautiful yellow kratom leaf. This tree is growing outdoors instead of in a greenhouse.

Look at the beautiful red plant pigment forging its way through the veins in this very young kratom leaf. It is believed that the substances that create the red color make red vein more sedative, although we have learned that curing methods greatly affect the overall character of the fully processed plant material.


A beautiful close up of the fat red vein in this mature kratom leaf. The underside of this leaf is bluish green and looks a lighter green to the naked eye when light penetrates.



This is a young emerging leaf from a mature plant. Notice the veinous composition. The red is beginning to flow from the thick middle vein to the small veins. As this leaf grows, the branching veins will become as deep red as the main vein.


The topside of a young Costa Rican kratom leaf reflects a green leaf body and a yellow vein. The bottom of the leaf shows red running through the veins, but this is not visible on the topside.


This mature kratom tree has leaves that are highly veinous with very distinct cellular structure. Many smaller veins visibly branch of the main and secondary veins.


This is an extreme closeup of a barely visible kratom flower just beginning to form where a terminal bud would otherwise grow. Notice the body of the globular protrusion is yellow with a reddish orange banding. That band will eventually split as the flower develops and an immature bud will emerge and develop into a mature flower.


This is a closeup of another kratom flower forming on a separate specimen. Notice the globular protrusion is green with orange-ish yellow banding. The band will split as the bud emerges. The smooth covering will make way for a dimpled orb that will eventually develop into a mature flower covered in bisexual yellow and white florets.


This is the underside of a mature yellow kratom leaf. You can see what appears to be some orange-ish red plant pigment striated throughout the main and secondary branching veins, but the veinous structures remain otherwise green.


This is a closeup of the cellular structure of a young green kratom leaf newly developing on a mature kratom tree. These structures are used by the plant for water uptake and photosynthesis.


A thick red vein runs through this mature kratom leaf. The underside of the leaf is dark green and the red vein contrasts brilliantly against the leaf material. You can see the smaller veins of the cellular structures remain greenish white. The white flash in the top right corner is an artifact of the lighting.


This is a closeup of the underside of a yellow kratom leaf at the end of a lower secondary branch on a tree that is approaching the threshold of harvest maturity. The tree is outside and the leaf has soil particles clinging to it. Notice how the vein exhibits red striations but not a fully red coloration. You can see some of the plant cells have turned from a yellow to an orange in the heat of direct sunlight after transferring from a greenhouse environment with artificial light.



This beautiful kratom leaf is experiencing a change in vein color. A formerly yellow vein is beginning to pulse with an alkaloid-rich red plant pigment. Although scientists have not fully unraveled how plant pigments self-oxidize their alkaloids, a link between color and alkaloid profile has been acknowledged.


This is a closeup of a young green veined kratom leaf. We are watching to see if these veins will exhibit a color change as the plant approaches maturity or in response to changes in environmental variables.


This is the underside of an extremely small specimen, sown from a seed pod containing the genetic instructions for early flowering. At approximately 5 inches high, this seedling is not only flowering but also developing red veinous striations indicative of the development of red vein kratom pigment and potentially its associated alkaloid profile.


This gorgeous veinous kratom leaf has developed a beautiful dark pink vein and secondary veins swollen with water. This leaf is well fed and well hydrated. At the widest part of the main vein, striations of pinkish red have developed against orange. The pink blur in the top right corner is an artifact of the lighting.


This is a closeup of a developing kratom flower. The florets are beginning to differentiate themselves from the globular mass. As they develop they will become long white and yellow flowers containing both male and female plant sex organs.

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