from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. That one of the two primary divisions of the vegetable kingdom which contains the phanerogamic, or flowering, plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A primary division or series of plants, comprising those which have their organs of reproduction developed and distinctly apparent —that is, plants having true flowers containing stamens and pistils; flowering plants.
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Investigations carried out on more than 200 different plants, both phanerogamia and cryptogamia, showed that the chlorophyll was the same in all the kinds so far examined.
He published at Paris numerous botanical works, the first appearing in 1845; he first wrote on the phanerogamia, as for instance, on the leguminosæ of South America, then on the cryptogamia, and especially on the fungi.
Investigations into the numerical relation existing in different districts of the earth between each one of the large families to the whole mass of phanerogamia -- p. 346-351.
"While the phanerogamia, or flowering plants, depend on the air almost entirely for their supply of carbon, and are busy during the day in restoring to it the oxygen that has been removed by animals, many of the inferior cryptogamia, as the fungi and parasitic plants, obtain their nourishment from material that has already been organized.