In the plant world flowerless plants precede the flowering ones.
"The Prehistoric World" by E. A. Allen
ALGAE, sea-weeds and plants of the same order under fresh water as well as salt; they are flowerless, stemless, and cellular throughout.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
A short, steep terrace descended to a formally planted plot, now flowerless, enclosed by low privet hedges.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
They comprise one-fifth of the known flowerless plants.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
Plants may be divided into two great groups, the flowerless plants and flowering plants.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
But the Mosaic account evidently describes flowering and seed-bearing plants, not flowerless and seedless algae.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
He separated flowering from flowerless plants, and divided the former into Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Cryptogamous or Flowerless plants are propagated by SPORES; and a spore is not an embryo-plantlet, but mostly a single plant-cell (399).
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
The former are called phenogamian, or flowering plants; and the latter cryptogamian, or flowerless plants.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
CRYPTOGAMOUS OR FLOWERLESS PLANTS.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Each class of flowerless or cryptogamic plants requires special treatment for the herbarium.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
There are about 110,000 species of flowering plants and nearly as many flowerless plants.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Ferns, then, are flowerless plants which bear their spores in cases growing upon the back or margin of the leaves.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
Two of these six branches belong to the flowering, and four to the flowerless plants.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel