Habitat destruction is a threat for the fairy slipper orchid in California, where logging for the timber industry is the primary cause (4). Logging and development also threatens the fairy slipper orchid throughout other parts of its range (2). Another significant threat to this stunning plant is the presence of people, either accidentally causing damage when they come to view and photograph these beautiful flowers, or, more seriously, when collectors deliberately remove the plants from the wild for cultivation in gardens (2) (4). In addition, the shallow growth of the fairy slipper orchid makes it susceptible to predation by feral pigs. In some areas, pigs have been known to destroy entire colonies (4).
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