A yeast that reproduce by multilateral budding. Colonies may be mucoid due to capsule formation or can be pasty or dry and wrinkled. A red or yellow pigment is produced. It has worldwide distribution and is common. It has been isolated from air, soil, plants, marine and plant life in sea water (especially near Florida and the Bahamas). It has been isolated from a variety of clinical specimens but appears not to be pathogenic for man and may be part of the normal fungal flora of certain individuals.