A rapidly growing yeast that reproduce by multipolar budding with the production on pseudomycelium (false hyphae). Colonies are cream colored and dry with a mycelial fringe, but never brightly pigmented. It has worldwide distribution and is common because it can be part of the normal fungal flora of humans and animals. It is not normally found in the environment unless humans, insects or animals are present. It can cause acute, subacute, or chronic yeast infections (candidiasis) in susceptible individuals, especially those that are immunocompromised.