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Mary Lewis and the Akarley tree


Mary Lewis - Flowers of the Arkarley Tree
Mary Lewis - Flowers of the Arkarley Tree

These gorgeous works are by Mary Lewis, a new artist from the Utopia art community. Mary paints the delicate, white flowers of the 'Akarley' inspired by an ancient Dreamtime story of her country Atnwengerrp (pronounced a NOONG-a-pa).



'Akarley' is the name in Mary's language for the northern wild orange (Capparis umbonata). It is a small tree with dark bark and weeping foliage which grows about 3 metres high. It is, unsurprisingly, drought-tolerant and is found in open forests and woodland in North-Western Australia, the Northern Territory and North Queensland.