The green, fleshy leaves of abronia turbinata
are usually hairless, but may have a sparse covering of glandular hairs; such hairs are more usual on the reddish stem. Stems branch readily, the branches ascending to decumbent. Leaves grow on thin stalks of similar length to the blade; up to 2 inches. Leaf margins may be somewhat wavy.
The inflorescence is a spherical cluster of between 15 and 35 flowers, subtended by a few thin bracts, ovate to lanceolate in shape, up to 0.4 inches long. Flowers have a tubular, pink to pale green corolla, up to 0.7 inches long, opening to five white or pale pink lobes, each deeply divided. Fruits have five wings, generally hollow and inflated.