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 may have cream, yellowish, pinkish, orange or tan pigmentation. It has worldwide distribution and can be isolated from air, soil, tropical plants, and from saltwater including invertebrates, grasses, and sediments in Florida and the Bahamas. It rarely causes acute, subacute, or chronic yeast infections (cryptococcosis) in susceptible individuals.