Climate, niche evolution, and diversification of the “bird-cage” evening primroses (<i>Oenothera</i>, Sections <i>Anogra</i> and <i>Kleinia</i>)

TitleClimate, niche evolution, and diversification of the “bird-cage” evening primroses (Oenothera, Sections Anogra and Kleinia)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsEvans MEK, Smith SA, Flynn RS, Donoghue MJ
JournalThe American Naturalist
KeywordsBiological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

We integrate climatic niche models and dated phylogenies to characterize the evolution of climatic niches in Oenothera sections Anogra and Kleinia (Onagraceae), and from that we make inferences on diversification in relation to climate. The evolution of climatic tolerances in Anogra + Kleinia has been heterogeneous, across phylogenetic groups and across different dimensions of climate. All the extant taxa occur in semiarid to arid conditions (annual precipitation of 10.149.1 cm and high temperatures in the warmest month of 28.540.1C), but there is striking variation among taxa in their climatic tolerances, especially temperature (minimum temperatures in the coldest month of 14.0 to 5.3C) and summer versus winter precipitation (precipitation in the warmest quarter of 0.619.4 cm). Climatic disparity is especially pronounced in two subclades (californica, deltoides) that radiated in the southwestern United States and California, apparently including both divergent and convergent evolutio

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