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