J Syst Evol ›› 2020, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (3): 201-220.DOI: 10.1111/jse.12562

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Phylogeny, biogeography, and morphological ancestral character reconstruction in the Mediterranean genus Fumana (Cistaceae)

Elena Carrió1†*, Meike Engelbrecht2, Patricio García-Fayos2, and Jaime Güemes3   

  1. 1Departamento Biotecnología‐Biología Vegetal, E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agrónomica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, Madrid 28040, Spain
    2Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación (CIDE) ‐ (CSIC‐UV‐GV), Carretera Moncada ‐ Náquera, Km. 4.5, Moncada, Valencia 46113, Spain
    3Jardín Botánic, Universidad de Valencia, Quart 80, Valencia 46008, Spain
  • Received:2018-07-09 Accepted:2019-12-22 Online:2019-12-31 Published:2020-05-01


Fumana is a diverse genus of the Cistaceae family, consisting of 21 currently accepted species. In this study, nuclear (ITS) and plastid (matK, trnT‐L) molecular markers were used to reconstruct the phylogeny and to estimate divergence times, including 19 species of Fumana. Phylogenetic analyses (Bayesian Inference, Maximum Parsimony and Maximum Likelihood) confirmed the monophyly of Fumana and did not support the infrageneric divisions previously established. The results support four main clades that group species that differ in vegetative and reproductive characters. Given the impossibility to define morphological characters common to all species within the clades, our proposal is to reject infrageneric divisions. Molecular dating and ancestral area analyses provide evidence for a Miocene diversification of the genus in the north‐western Mediterranean. Ancestral state reconstructions revealed ancestral character states for some traits related to xeric and arid habitats, suggesting a preadaptation to the Mediterranean climate.

Key words: character evolution, Cistaceae, Fumana, Mediterranean, molecular clock, molecular phylogenetics