Floral Gigantism in Rafflesiaceae

@article{Davis2007FloralGI,
  title={Floral Gigantism in Rafflesiaceae},
  author={Charles C. Davis and Maribeth Latvis and Daniel L Nickrent and Kenneth J. Wurdack and David A. Baum},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={315},
  pages={1812 - 1812}
}
Species of Rafflesiaceae possess the world's largest flowers (up to 1 meter in diameter), yet their precise evolutionary relationships have been elusive, hindering our understanding of the evolution of their extraordinary reproductive morphology. We present results of phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial, nuclear, and plastid data showing that Rafflesiaceae are derived from within Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family. Most euphorbs produce minute flowers, suggesting that the enormous flowers of… 

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