Analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of a liverwort Marchantia polymorpha by electron microscopy and restriction endonuclease mapping indicated that the liverwort mitochondrial genome was a single circular molecule of about 184,400 base-pairs. We have determined the complete sequence of the liverwort mitochondrial DNA and detected 94 possible genes in the sequence of 186,608 base-pairs. These included genes for three species of ribosomal RNA, 29 genes for 27 species of transfer RNA and 30 open reading frames (ORFs) for functionally known proteins (16 ribosomal proteins, 3 subunits of H(+)-ATPase, 3 subunits of cytochrome c oxidase, apocytochrome b protein and 7 subunits of NADH ubiquinone oxidoreductase). Three ORFs showed similarity to ORFs of unknown function in the mitochondrial genomes of other organisms. Furthermore, 29 ORFs were predicted as possible genes by using the index of G + C content in first, second and third letters of codons (42.0 +/- 10.9%, 37.0 +/- 13.2% and 26.4 +/- 9.4%, respectively) obtained from the codon usages of identified liverwort genes. To date, 32 introns belonging to either group I or group II intron have been found in the coding regions of 17 genes including ribosomal RNA genes (rrn18 and rrn26), a transfer RNA gene (trnS) and a pseudogene (psi nad7). RNA editing was apparently lacking in liverwort mitochondria since the nucleotide sequences of the liverwort mitochondrial DNA were well-conserved at the DNA level.