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Hibiscus revel in hybrid theory

A breeding programme in the Philippines has produced a stunning range, even one named after HM the Queen

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In last Sunday's Green Fingers you had a glimpse of some of the hibiscus hybrids that grace gardens today. They are just the tip of the iceberg; at a plant market in Quezon City, in the Philippines, I saw a poster showing pictures of more than 100 hybrids, including 23 developed by the University of the Philippines' Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB). 

THAI CONNECTION: The ‘Mussaenda philippica Queen Sirikit’, or peach mussaenda, a Philippine hybrid named after Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand.

Since then the IPB has developed dozens more; released in a series and named after outstanding Filipino women who excelled in various fields, many are now grown widely in the Philippines and I won't be surprised if some of these new hybrids have made their way to Thailand.

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