In the late 19th century, the English oak tree, quercus robur (Latin, quercus for “oak” and robur “strength, hard timber”) gave its name to the villain in a Jules Verne novel, Robur the Conqueror, and to a tea company in Melbourne, Australia.


Jules Verne’s Robur was the conqueror of the air, having invented a heavier-than-air flying machine shown above in an 1886 illustration by Léon Benett.

Tea Robur Elephant 2

Australia’s Robur, on the other hand, touted its strength with an elephant, shown here being seated for a big cuppa in a Robur tea room.

I’m fairly certain neither had anything to do with the other.


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