Giant Rubber Trees in Cádiz, Spain
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Giant Rubber Trees in Cádiz, Spain

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Two giant Rubber Trees "ficus macrophylla" aged more than one hundred years between the Entrance to the Economical Science Faculty (Faculdad de Ciencias Economicas) of the University of Cádiz and the Beach "Playa De La Caleta".

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