A rapidly growing yeast that reproduce by multipolar budding with the production on pseudomycelium (false hyphae). Colonies may be pasty, dry or wrinkled but never brightly pigmented. It has worldwide distribution and is very common because it is 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 or are experiencing vitamin deficiency.