Virgilia divaricata and V. oroboides
are very similar and are often confused with each other. V. divaricata has 5-9 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal one, whereas V. oroboides has 6-12 pairs of leaflets plus the terminal leaflet. The leaflets have entire margins and the stipules fall early. V. oroboides leaflets are smaller and greyish green in color and are densely covered in velvety hairs, whereas those of V. divaricata are green and almost hairless.