Rafflesia is a genus of holoparasitic plants endemic to Southeast Asia that has lost the ability to undertake photosynthesis. With short-read sequencing technology, we assembled a draft sequence of the mitochondrial genome of Rafflesia lagascae Blanco, a species endemic to the Philippine island of Luzon, with ∼350× sequencing depth coverage. Using multiple approaches, however, we were only able to identify small fragments of plastid sequences at low coverage depth (
Molina, Jeanmaire, Hazzouri, Khaled M, Nickrent, Daniel, Geisler, Matt, Meyer, Rachel S, Pentony, Melissa M., Flowers, Jonathan M., Pelser, Pieter, Barcelona, Julie, Inovejas, Samuel A., Uy, Iris, Yuan, Wei, Wilkins, Olivia, Michel, Claire-Iphanise, Locklear, Selina, Concepcion, Gisela P. and Purugganan, Michael D. "Possible Loss of the Chloroplast Genome in the Parasitic Flowering Plant Rafflesia lagascae (Rafflesiaceae)." Molecular biology and evolution 31, No. 4 (Jan 2014): 793-803. doi:10.1093/molbev/msu051.