This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
The most femous of all the ornamental plants is the Couronpita odoratissiiua. Seem., combining a most delicious fragrance with a splendid flower. In the Morro, a forest near the village of Rio Jesus, are four of these trees, which are considered by the inhabitants as the only ones that exist in the country, and the greatest curiosities Veraguas can boast; and, indeed, I myself have never observed them in any other locality. They form a group, and are vernacularly termed Palos de Paraiso (i.e., Paradise trees,) or Gra-nadulos, deriving the former name from their beauty ,and the latter from the close resemblance which their flowers bear in shape and size to those of Granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis, Linn.) The trees are from 60 to 80 feet high, and up to an elevation of 20 feet, where the branches diverge, their stems are thickly cover-ed with little sprouts, bearing, from February until May, blossoms, the odor of which is of so delightful and penetrating a nature, that in a favorable breeze it may he perceived at nearly a mile's distance. The flowers are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, and their petals are of a beautiful flesh color with yellow stripes, contrasting charmingly with the golden stamens of the centre.
The people of Veraguas, whose apathy is not easily roused by the beauties of Nature, often repair to these trees during their flowering season, in order to behold the bright tints of the blossoms, and enjoy the delicious perfume which they exhale. Hookers Journal of Botany.