Jinzō Matsumura

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Jinzō Matsumura (松村 任三, Matsumura Jinzō, February 14, 1856 – May 4, 1928) was a Japanese botanist, born in Ibaraki Prefecture, of a samurai family. He took a great interest in botany as a young man and after he was 30 studied in Würzburg and Heidelberg (1886–1888). In 1883 he had been made assistant professor of botany in the University of Tokyo, and in 1890 became professor and in 1897 director of the Botanical Gardens. He assisted in the preparation of Brinkley's Unabridged Japanese-English Dictionary (1896), and he published many important works on the flora of Japan, including:

  • Nomenclature of Japanese Plants in Latin, Japanese, and Chinese (1884)
  • Names of Plants and their Products in English, Japanese, and Chinese (1892)
  • Conspectus of Leguminosœ (1902)
  • Index plantarum Japonicarum: Cryptogamœ (1904)
  • Phanerogamœ (1905)
  • with Ito, Tentamen Florœ Lutchuensis (1899)
  • with Ito, Rivisio Alni Specierum Japonicarum (1902)
  • with Hayata, Enumeratio Plantarum in Insula Formosa Sponte Crescentium (1906)