Cuscuta epithymum

30 July 2006
Carline Thistle was about to burst into life on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, with Dodder recorded for the first time growing on Perforate St John's Wort.
It is a parasitic, leafless plant which lacks chlorophyll and gains its nutrition from host plants, flowering July to September. It can spread by seeds though.

Although recorded on the Lancing Ring meadows, this is the first of my records for Mill Hill.

Adur Wild Flowers