Camel Melon is an annual that has a prostrate or climbing habit. Stems are up to 3 m long and new growth has yellow or brown hairs. Leaves are 60 to 200 mm long and 40 to 150 mm wide. These usually have three lobes which are themselves lobed or doubly lobed. Plants have both male and female flowers on 40-mm-long hairy stalks. These are yellow, and greenish on the back.
Once established they are very drought tolerant and nearly always set melons and seed. They are often the only plant surviving the summer drought.
Emits a strong odour when crushed which makes the vines unattractive to stock.