We present the first phylogenomic analysis of relationships among all ten families of Liliales, based on 75 plastid genes from 35 species in 29 genera, and 97 additional plastomes stratified across angiosperm lineages. We used a supermatrix approach to extend our analysis to 58 of 64 genera of Liliales, and calibrated the resulting phylogeny against 17 fossil dates to produce a new timeline for monocot evolution. Liliales diverged from other monocots 124 Mya and began splitting into separate families 113 Mya. Our data support an Australian origin for Liliales, with close relationships between three pairs of lineages (Corsiaceae/ Campynemataceae, Philesiaceae/Ripogonaceae, tribes Alstroemerieae/Luzuriageae) in South America and Australia or New Zealand reflecting teleconnections of these areas via Antarctica.
Long-distance dispersal (LDD) across the Pacific and Tasman Sea led to re-invasion of New Zealand by two lineages (Luzuriaga
); LDD allowed Campynemanthe
to colonize New Caledonia after its submergence until 37 Mya. LDD permitted Colchicaceae to invade East Asia and Africa from Australia, and re-invade Africa from Australia. Periodic desert greening permitted Gloriosa
to colonize Southeast Asia overland from Africa, and Androcymbium
to invade the Mediterranean from South Africa. Melanthiaceae and Liliaceae crossed the Bering land-bridge several times from the Miocene to the Pleistocene.