Marie paints Merne Atwakeye (Wild Orange) and Angkwerrpme (Mistletoe)
Marie paints Merne Atwakeye, known as the wild orange (Capparis mitchellii). Atwakeye is the wild orange. The small compact tree of the wild orange plant is about 3½ m high with dark green leathery leaves. Its creamy white flowers open during the night and wither before the end of the next day. The fruit hang down on long stalks, turning a yellow green tint when ripe. The oranges usually ripen from October through January depending on seasonal conditions.
Marie also paints angkwerrpme. Angkwerrpme is the name for Mistletoe in Marie's language. There are many different types of angkwerrpme in Central Australia, where all but one or two produce edible berries. Marie paints one that has sweet edible berries that the women collect for the community.
Marie likes to use traditional ochre colours in the background design to reflect the rich sand hill country of Central Australia.