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Added: 7th January 2012 Description:
Looks like typical Jelly Ear fruiting bodies, but growing out from under some roof tiles.
Can anyone say whether this fungus can grow without having wood to feed on? Or does the infestation have to originate in the roofing timbers?
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Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain. Notes: As a couple of folks have suggested below, this is a Peziza, and one that grows in strange places where it is difficult to understand its nutrition. Quite frequent on old, damp brickwork, on damp mortar on walls, on wet plaster in a building that was being renovated, under my own floorboards (this time on wood) where I had a leaking pipe, on a pile of wet builders' sand, and once brought into me at work by someone who had it forming a continuous, not cup-shaped but flat fruiting body on a damp wall in his bathroom. (Didn't guess that one until I had it under the microscope.) I have not, myself, seen it on an open roof - I would not have thought the location humid enough - but otherwise I am not surprised. Minor possibility it is P. repanda, a soil species, but in view of its association with buildings and its carefree disregard of how fungi are meant to behave, almost certainly P. cerea.
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