João de Loureiro
After receiving admission to the Jesuit Order, he served as a missionary in Goa, capital of Portuguese India (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. João de Loureiro has numerous species "loureiroi" dedicated to him, mostly plants but also the dinosaur Draconyx loureiroi in honour of him being the first Portuguese palaeontologist.
- Flora Cochinchinensis: sistens plantas in regno Cochinchina nascentes: quibus accedunt aliae observatae in Sinensi imperio, Africa orientali, Indiaeque locis variis: omnes dispositae secundum systema sexuale Linnaeanum
- Flora Cochinchinensis […] denuo in Germania edita, notes by Carl Ludwig Willdenow, 1793: ; 
- « On the nature and mode of production of Agallochum or aloes-wood », translated from Portuguese into English, in Tracts relative to botany, tr. from different languages, London, Phillips and Fardon […], 1805
Books about João de Loureiro
- Pe. João de Loureiro : missionário e botânico by José Maria Braga, 1938.
- JSTOR, Loureiro and his botanical work by E.D. Merrill Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 72, No. 4 (Apr., 1933), pp. 229-239
- Google Books Flora Cochinchinensis
- Mateus, O. and Antunes, M.T., 2001, January. Draconyx loureiroi, a new camptosauridae (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Late Jurassic of Lourinhã, Portugal. In Annales de paléontologie (Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 61-73). Elsevier Masson.
- WorldCat Titles Pe. João de Loureiro, etc.
- IPNI. Lour.
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