NamingTrachystemon is derived from the Greek "trachys," meaning rough, and "stemon," a stamen. The specific epithet, "orientalis" means eastern or from the orient, and is a reference to the native distribution of this species. ''Trachystemon orientalis'' is endemic to southeastern Europe and western Asia.
The name can also refer to several related plants, such as species of ''Pulmonaria''.
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