During my 2013 fieldwork in Duhok I came across a tall strange looking tree type that stood out from the others, both from the ground and on satellite images. I was told its name was “Spindar” and that it was used in cellulose production, but nobody could tell me the English or Latin name for it. It was clearly not a wild growing species.
It was difficult to find information about this tree so I contacted my physical geography teacher who knows a lot about almost everything. In disucssion with him we figured out that this Spindar tree most likely was a Populus nigra, or a variety of it. After some googling I found this book that mentioned Spindar as the arabic name for Poplar (which is the English name for it).
I never used this information for anything, but I figured that more people might wonder about this Spindar tree, so a blog post about it might be helpful.