Plant Response to Fire
Fairy slipper probably sprouts from the corm after top-kill. Corms are generally well protected from fire, so fairy slipper's response to fire is likely similar to that of other geophytes: sprouting after minimal fire damage . The postfire response, however, is largely dependent on the depth of the corm in the soil, the soil temperatures reached during the fire, and temperature duration . Sustained, severe ground fire may damage or kill fairy slipper. Postfire response may also depend on the degree in which the habitat of fairy slipper changes. Since fairy slipper does best in shady, moist conditions, it may not be able to thrive on early successional sites where shade and litter have been removed by fire.
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