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Common name: Kaim, True Kadamb • Hindi: कैम Kaim, कदम्ब Kadamb • Bengali: Gulikadam • Kannada: ಕಡವಳ Kadavala, ಕಡಗದ Kadagada, ಕಡಾಣಿ, ಕಡಾನಿ Kadaani, ಕೊಂಗು Kongu • Marathi: Kalam • Nepali: कैम Kaim, फाल्दु Phaaldu, सानो हलेदो Saano Haledo, टिकुल Tikul
Botanical name: Mitragyna parvifolia    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Kaim is a tree native to India. Can be thought of the Indian cousin of the thai born Kratom (M. speciosa), more popular in the West. This is the true Kadamb which appears in Lord Krishna stories, rather than the tree which is now known as Kadamb. Mitragyna species are used medicinally as well as for their fine timber throughout the areas they grow. Kaim reaches heights of 50 feet with a branch spread of over 15 feet. The stem is erect and branching. Flowers are yellow and grow in ball-shaped clusters. The flowers are very fragrant, and remind one of the better known Kadam flowers. Leaves are a dark green in color, smooth, rounded in shape, and opposite in growth pattern.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé, Vaibhav, Nandan Kalbag Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.

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