A yeast that reproduce by multilateral budding. Colonies may be pasty or mucoid due to capsule formation, with the development of a coral red to salmon to slightly orange or yellow pigment. It has worldwide distribution and is common. It has been isolated from air, soil, plants, wood pulp, freshwater, and saltwater. It has been isolated from a variety of clinical specimens but rarely is pathogenic for man. It may be part of the normal fungal flora of certain individuals.