This hardy waratah was the result of a deliberate attempt to hybridise
Telopea speciosissima and Telopea mongaensisin 1962. The breeding work was done at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) but the name was not registered by the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA) until 1974.
T. s. x T. mongaensis. "Braidwood Brilliant" Bred in 1962 by R. W. Boden. A compact vigorous shrub 3m x 3m carries many small deep red flowers that have bracts not very pronounced making it similar to its T. mongaensis parent. Flowering time is early to mid season, The smallish dark green recurved leaves generally have a plain margin.