A rapidly growing yeast that reproduce by multilateral budding. The colony is soft and may have a slimy appearance because of the presence of a capsule. It can be cream, slightly yellow or tan pigmented. It has worldwide distribution and can be isolated from air, soil, tropical plants, insects, fresh water and from saltwater including invertebrates, grasses, and sediments in Florida and the Bahamas. It can cause acute, subacute, or chronic yeast infections (cryptococcosis) in susceptible individuals.