A rapidly growing yeast that reproduce by multipolar budding with the production on pseudomycelium (false hyphae). Colonies are pasty and cream colored, but never brightly pigmented. It has worldwide distribution and may be found as 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.