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Keywords:

  • C-value;
  • flow cytometry;
  • genome size;
  • guard cells;
  • Kinugasa;
  • Melanthiaceae;
  • Paris;
  • stomata

We report the largest eukaryotic genome to date in the monocot Paris japonica (Melanthiaceae, 1C = 152.23 pg), measured using flow cytometry. This value is 15% larger than any previous estimate and extends the range of genome sizes to c. 2400-fold across angiosperms and c. 66 000-fold across eukaryotes. © 2010 The Linnean Society of London, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2010, 164, 10–15.