This Waratah hybrid occurred spontaneously in the National Botanic Garden, Canberra,
when these species, Telopea mongaensis and speciosissima were grown next to one another.
A cross between these two
species was made at the Australian National Botanic Garden (ANBG) in Canberra
and registered in 1974 as 'Braidwood Brilliant'. For this cross T.
speciosissima, the New South Wales Waratah, was the pollen parent.
cross with T. mongaensis, The Braidwood Waratah, as the pollen parent has been
named 'Doug's hybrid'. Our plants came to us from the ANBG in 1986 and were said
to be the result of a spontaneous hybrid between a plant of each of these
species. To me, they seem closer to T. mongaensis. After viewing both species in
our collection you may form your own opinion.