meyer_6 January 25, 2019January 25, 2019 Matthew Caulkins, Web Applications Program Manager Previous Next Mucuna sempervirens China. Alternate Title: Large vining plant with thick stems. Near Ichang, Hupeh, China (across the Yang tze River). Near view of a giant creeper, called Ma teng, meaning Fibre rattan.The curious fleshly flowers of a maroon-like color emit a fetid odor; they are produced all over the old wood, breaking out everywhere, regardless of situation. The large pinnate foliage, which is persistent throughout the entire year, tends to keep the soil underneath in a rather damp condition during rainy spells. March 21, 1917. All photographs by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918). Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections, Arnold Arboretum Archives. Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.