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A specimen produced by crossing two species, sub-species, or cultivars.

Hybrids are specimens produced by crossing two (or more) species, sub-species, or cultivars.

Technically, biology (especially genetics) also recognizes a range of different hybrid types; but horticulture limits the definition to this general meaning.

In nature, a number of plants will readily hybridize (form hybrids). Examples include Sarracenia (trumpet pitcher plants) and Opuntia (prickly pears).

Hybrids may also form naturally between sub-species, and between cultivars. Cultivars are typically produced with a mixture of selective breeding (selection of seed from plants with required traits) and hybridization of plants with the required traits.

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