Homalium cochinchinensis (Lour.) Druce, first described by de Loureiro as Astranthus cochinchinensis Lour.
João de Loureiro (1717, Lisbon – October 1791) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and botanist.
After receiving admission to the Jesuit Order, he served as a missionary in Goa (3 years) and Macau (4 years). In 1742 he traveled to Cochinchina, remaining there for 35 years. Here he worked as a mathematician and naturalist, acquiring knowledge on the properties and uses of native medicinal plants. In 1777 he journeyed to Canton, returning to Lisbon four years later.
In 1790 he published a work on flora of Cochinchina titled Flora Cochinchinensis.
Books about João de Loureiro
- Pe. João de Loureiro : missionãrio e botãnico by José Maria Braga, 1938.